Home made weed killer

Asked June 1, 2020, 12:59 PM EDT

I am reading a lot about home made weed killers with vinegar, Epsom salts and dawn dish soap. Is this mixture safe but effective at killing weeds around trees or will it kill the tree?

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - We do not recommend making or using homemade pesticides (which includes herbicides). The may not be effective and may be harmful to plants. Please read the following information from the National Pesticide Information Center,
http://npic.orst.edu/pest/home-remedies.html

And this is a good relevant article on this topic from Penn State University.
https://extension.psu.edu/are-home-remedies-a-good-solution-penn-state-extension-says-no

Christa