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Q.Weed Killer for Lawn – Pet Friendly

Anonymous added on May 3, 2011 | Answered

I’ve read the article on organic weed killer for the garden and pets. However, I am looking for my lawn. We have dandelions and small purple flowers that seem to spread everywhere. Will these same organic weed killers work on my lawn without killing the grass? Also, what is the best way to apply it to a large area?

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Answered on May 4, 2011

Yes, the same would apply for the lawn. Simply spot treat wherever necessary. These articles on dandelions and wild violets (most likely your purple flowered culprits) should offer suggestions as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/dandelion/dandelion-control.htm

Here's a recipe that may help for both types of weeds using 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 lb. table salt, and 8 drops of liquid dish soap. Mix the vinegar and salt in a pan on the stove top. Bring to a boil so that the salt dissolves into the vinegar. Remove from stove and stir in the dish soap. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into spray bottle and use a stream setting to aim directly into the middle of the dandelion rosette or violet, so that you do not kill the surrounding grass. The weeds should die within a day.

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