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I’m a gardening expert – you can kill weeds for FREE with a simple home hack, but you have to do it very carefully

A FREE home hack could help you get rid of the weeds in your garden for good.

Weeds are the bane of every gardener or landscaper and could potentially ruin all the hard work you've put into growing your garden.

A gardening expert reveals strategically using boiling water is one way to kill pesky garden weeds for free
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A gardening expert reveals strategically using boiling water is one way to kill pesky garden weeds for freeCredit: Getty

Whether they are winter weeds that sprout in the spring, or perennial weeds that grow in the , they can wreak havoc if they sprout or reseed themselves on your plot.

There are, of course many ways to eliminate them using harsh chemicals, or organic alternatives, but one expert offered up another natural solution - and it won't cost you a cent.

Becca Badgett, the co-author of '' writes in that boiling water can help get rid of pesky weeds.

Badgett says if you haven't used the option before, you may be skeptical, but assures readers that, except for a few exceptions it does actually work in the garden.

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However, she warns while boiling water can scald weeds and kill them, it can also kill the valuable plants you're trying to keep safe, so there are tips she says to follow.

How to use boiling water to kill weeds

  • Be precise with the water flow. Using a tea kettle with a spout and a heatproof handle can be an asset when using this method to kill weeds.
  • Pour slowly, especially if there is grass nearby, or ornamental plants that might be damaged.
  • Pour generously, but don’t waste it. There are likely many more weeds to kill off.
  • Be safe. Wear long pants and sleeves and closed-toe shoes in case there is a spill or an accidental splash.

Badgett also says plants with a long taproot, such as the dandelion, will take more water to reach the bottom of the root. Other weeds with a fibrous root system near the top of the soil don’t need as much to be taken out permanently.

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She says to ensure efficiency, prune most of the foliage before treating the roots with the scalding water.

According to Gardening Know How, “the heat will collapse the plant’s cell structure and kill it.”

Badgett says some sturdier weeds may need more than one boiling water treatment, but using this method makes the weeds easier to remove.

She does recommend staying away from this method in thickly planted areas, or if valuable plants are growing close to weeds, it is probably best not to use this means of weed control there.

Another tip: she says boiling water can also be used for disinfecting soil. Just boil the water for about five minutes, cool to room temperature and then gently pour over soil prior to planting.

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