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I have heard that both boiling water and vinegar work to kill weeds - in this case in the middle of a gravel driveway. Has anyone had success with either of these, both? Do I need to use both? Any other natural methods? I assume I will have to treat the driveway several times over the summer.


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PS The driveway is between two fences. One fence is covered in ivy and the other has day lilies growing along it. I don't want to kill those.
 


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Last summer I tried salt with a vinegar spray. It worked a bit but not completely, so I need to re-treat again this year. Salt is a good one for areas where you never want anything to grow (such as in the driveway), but don't use it in/near planting beds because it's considered permanent.

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That sounds good. Do you have a link or a ratio for the mixture? Thanks for the tip.
 


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Maybe try a weed torch. Here is an example of one: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Dragon-VT-2-23-000-BTU/dp/B00004Z2FP/ref=zg_bs_3480723011_1
You hook up a propane tank and burn the weeds. Easy, very effective on a driveway, and no pesticides!
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I use plain boiling water for the cracks in my driveway, it's very effective.  I'm planning on using it for the gravel portion as well.


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tinuviel_k - Are you kidding me? Playing with fire - so tempting. And I wouldn't be poisoning the neighbor's ivy...

 

Boiling water is a good tip, too. Thanks!
 


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I know... The main reason (besides pesticide reduction) that I like using it is because I love playing with a minnie flame thrower. redface.gif
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