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Old 06-23-2019, 08:08 PM
 
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are perfectly fine with pouring salt everywhere.
A lack of education- chemistry?
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:17 PM
 
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It worked because it ruins the soil for new plants. Sometimes for a long time, depending on rainfall or irrigation.

Whether or not to use it depends on whether you want to use the soil to grow something else. If you don't, then yes, it's an inexpensive and easy DIY herbicide.
Hope you all understand that the salt is water soluble .
If you don’t believe me- put some salt in water- you will see it with your own eyes!

Fact #2
Water moves in an unpredictable way in the soil: down, sideways, on diagonal... Add rain and you have no clue where your salt ends up.. You can’t take the salt out...

So now your salty water may end up somewhere where you don’t want: accumulate next to your concrete foundation, favorite tree, a beautiful shrub. Bad, bad idea!

If you happened to live in the Western part of the US, where the soils already high in salts- well, it is even worse idea
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:46 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Hope you all understand that the salt is water soluble .
If you don’t believe me- put some salt in water- you will see it with your own eyes!

Fact #2
Water moves in an unpredictable way in the soil: down, sideways, on diagonal... Add rain and you have no clue where your salt ends up.. You can’t take the salt out...

So now your salty water may end up somewhere where you don’t want: accumulate next to your concrete foundation, favorite tree, a beautiful shrub. Bad, bad idea!

If you happened to live in the Western part of the US, where the soils already high in salts- well, it is even worse idea
Whoa...I used the salt on the moss between the bricks of a small front patio. That is all. That house is still standing, although with different owners and I see on Google Earth that the brick patio is still there. No one wanted to put a garden or a lawn in place of the little front patio right outside the front door. The dogwood tree near the patio is still alive and well twenty years later.

Don't think we don't think about these things before we do them. We do research and think about the implications. And in the end, the salt water treatment was far easier and more permanent than diggng out all that moss with a fork, lol. That's what I was doing before I found out about the salt.

How about some more DIY treatment ideas?
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Dark Side of the Moon
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I’m always amazed at people who are so afraid of glyphosate, yet are perfectly fine with pouring salt everywhere.
I haven't seen any studies that link salt with possible neurotoxicity when sprayed in one's garden over a period of time, so I prefer to use safer alternatives. If you can't contribute without being negative, why bother posting?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3084150/



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A little basic chemistry...
Not asking for chemistry; I was looking for recipes. Do you have any DIY recipes to share?

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Old 06-24-2019, 02:00 PM
 
Location: NJ
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maybe i should be using salt to kill the weeds that grow between my paver driveway. the edge sends all the runoff to the sewers.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Dark Side of the Moon
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I found this recipe for pest control, but I haven't used it:

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/3 cup of olive oil or cooking oil
1 cup of water
Directions

Mix all ingredients and put in a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.

This spray works great to kill aphids, spider mites, and white flies, but it doesn’t harm beneficial insects. It can be used on almost any type of vegetable or flower.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:37 PM
 
Location: The Twilight Zone
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I use vinegar. Straight up, uncut.
I use it in a spray bottle to keep my stone driveway weed free. Works GREAT.
And, cheap! My yard smells like salad but so what.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:20 PM
 
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Boy, if you want to kill weeds, why not use borax?
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