1000 Flowers for the Planet - #453 Use Boiling Water to Kill Weeds
Here’s yet another chemical-free way to rid your garden of weeds – use boiling water. It’s a particularly good method for killing weeds in cracks, those weeds that are really fiddly to try to pull out by hand or weeds in hard to reach places. Sometimes we boil more water than we need, so the remaining water can be used to pop outside and pour over some weeds. You may need to do this a number of times before the weed is completely killed, but basically once a weed is unable to photosynthesise then the roots should die off too.
Take particular care when walking outside carrying boiling water and always ensure children and pets are not about to avoid any accidents.
Using something like boiling water to kill weeds means we keep chemicals out of the garden and therefore out of our water systems where they otherwise contaminate water, threaten marine and bird life and generally damage the ecosystem. It’s also a much cheaper option.