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Banish gravel weeds and roots with ‘amazing’ natural one minute tip – no vinegar or salt

Just like stubborn moss, weeds find holes in gravel and cracks between patio slabs to be the perfect environment for them to flourish.

What’s more, the gaps and holes often receive enough sunlight to support weed growth, especially if the surrounding area is relatively open.

So, what do you do when you have the pesky green plants sprouting out of your beautiful gravelled paths or patio? 

Well, most gardeners would turn to a store-bought weed killer. However, there is a completely natural way to say goodbye to them and you don’t even need to go to the shops for it.

Taking to the Gardening Hints and Tips Facebook page, one gardening enthusiast had put a chemical-free weed removal tip to the test that was previously suggested in the group and claimed the results were “amazing”.

Kathleen Dodd said: “Big thank you to you all who said to use boiling water from the kettle to kill gravel and patio weeds. It’s amazing. I tried it and. The results were brilliant.”

Di-Jen Mapp replied: “Boiling water is great. Doesn’t do any long-term harm to anything and kills the weeds.”

Anne Caldwell wrote: “By far the best and most effective way is a kettle of boiling water. Very effective and lasts a long time. 

“Can be a slow process but worth it. If you keep on top of it, it’s definitely the most effective natural method.”

Despite many people in the comments also raving about their success with using blob water on weeds, one fellow group member had suspicions about this method and claimed that it “won’t kill the root”.

However, Kathleen replied: “The roots came straight out the next day, so all good here. I’d rather not use weed killer. The boiling water seems to work so far and this was quite a few weeks ago.”

Boiling water works to kill weeds as its heat collapses the plant’s cell structure. Although, some hardy weeds may need more than one boiling water treatment. 

Of course, just as boiling water kills weeds, it can also kill our valuable plants if not used properly. 

A kettle with a spout and a heatproof handle can be an invaluable asset when using this method to kill weeds.

The spout allows you to direct the flow of water right on the weeds, while the kettle retains most of the heat. 

Pour slowly, especially if there is grass nearby or plants you want to keep that might end up damaged. 

To work most efficiently, you can prune off most of the foliage and treat the roots with boiling water in the garden.


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