In May, I posted an article Natural Homemade Weed Killer to show how I had treated our brick walkway with a hot water weed killer.
Yes, it was that simple: Just pour boiling water directly on the weeds, making sure to soak each one. It is definitely the lazy way to kill weeds.
Of course, you have to be careful not to splash the hot water on your feet. Or legs. Or for that matter, anywhere on yourself, your pets, and your family. But with proper safety precautions, I found the hot water weed killer to be extremely effective.
I thought you might like to see a follow-up on the effectiveness of the treatment.
Here is the starting photo from last May when our brick walkway was overgrown with dandelions:
In the original post, I showed how the walkway looked the next day. All of the weeds were brown and dead.
A couple of weeks later, a few baby dandelions grew back. I treated the walkway again with fresh brewed boiling water.
A month or so later, I had some hot boiled water from making spaghetti, so I treated the walkway once again because a few more little dandelions had sprung up.
Happily, that proved to be the end. Here is what the walkway looks like now.
Not only is the walkway weed-free, but there are no harmful pesticides, and the only cost was the energy cost to boil the water! The treatment has lasted all season.
I think the best part was that I didn’t have to painstakingly dig weeds out of each and every crack in the bricks. My hands and nails are grateful, too.