Directions

  1. Mix borax in water. (Measure exactly: Too little and you won't get the job done; too much and you could kill your grass, too,}
  2. Spray to cover a 25-square-foot area.
  3. Water and fertilize your turf after the treatment so that it rapidly iills in the space left by the dead weeds.

Yield: About 1 quart of borax solution

Linda Anne LeBoutillier of Waterloo Gardens in Devon, Pennsylvania, has reached back into her childhood memories to resurrect an o!d, unconventional weed-killer: Coca-Cola. "My grandfather used Coca-Cola on the weeds between the cracks in the sidewalks," says Linda Anne. He would take a drink from that old green bottle, then pour the rest on the weeds." She swears it works, "just pour it in the center of the leaves, preferably on a hot day when they'll roast." It may take up to a week for the weed to completely keel over, Linda Anne says, flf

Creeping Charlie is a low-growing perennial weed that can wreak havoc with your lawn's good looks A treatment of water mixed with borax will help keep Charlie's creeping under control.

If creeping Charlie catches hold in your lawn, it can be a recurring nightmare. To solve problems with this low-growing, yellow-flowered weed in your lawn, try borax, the same laundry additive that makes your white socks whiter. When Dr. Micheal Owen, an Iowa State University weed scientist, studied the effect of borax in controlling the shade-loving weed, he found that "the results were comparable to those from commercial herbicides." He notes that borax is most effective as a weed-killer in late spring or early summer, when weeds are growing actively Be warned though: Borax doesn't work on other weeds (like dandelions) and it may cause a temporary yellowing of nearby grass. If you see some yellowing in surrounding grass, just mow frequently and it should color up within six weeks.

Creeping Charlie is a low-growing perennial weed that can wreak havoc with your lawn's good looks A treatment of water mixed with borax will help keep Charlie's creeping under control.

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