Kill weeds on driveways and paths with just water – 'works better' than weedkiller


Spring has arrived, and gardens across the UK are beginning to bloom. However, the combination of drizzly April showers and warmer days can also encourage the growth of weeds.

Though you may expect this on your lawn, paved areas such as paths and driveways can also fall victim to some unexpected greenery.

One might instantly reach for a chemical-based weedkiller, but for those who want to avoid using potentially toxic substances in their garden, there is another rather simple option.

In a Reddit forum dedicated to weed killing hacks, an anonymous user claimed boiling water works well on its own to banish unwanted weeds.

They explained: “Don’t use toxic [substances] to kill your weeds. Just use boiling water. It works better and instantly kills the weeds.”

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If not, the boiling water may also scald other plants nearby and kill them off too.

The experts state: “A tea kettle with a spout and a heatproof handle can be an invaluable asset when using this method to kill weeds.

“The spout allows us 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 ornamental plants that might be damaged. Pour generously, but don’t waste it.

“There are likely many more weeds to kill off.”

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Hot water works better on broad-leaf weeds than it does on perennials, woody plants or grass weeds, according to experts from the University of California Integrated Pest Management Online.

For plants, such as dandelions, it may take more water to reach the root and kill off the plant.

Other weeds with a fibrous root system near the top of the soil don’t need as much to be taken out permanently.

For the most effective results, Gardening Know How recommends pruning off most of the foliage at the top of the weed, before applying hot water to tackle the root.


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