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The Best Way to Remove Weeds From a Gravel Driveway

Updated February 21, 2017

Weeds in gravel driveways are easier to kill than you might first suspect. Home remedies may be the best way, as they are less expensive than commercial products, effective and don't involve dangerous chemicals.

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Vinegar and Rock Salt

Vinegar and rock salt both kill plants indiscriminately, according to the website PlantCare. As all plants in gravel driveways are typically undesirable--and thus unnecessary to avoid--these may be great solutions. Salt, in particular stays in the soil and high levels of it render the earth unsuitable for growing plants--making it more likely weeds will stay away. Saturate roots with vinegar and/or pour enough rock salt on the base of the plant to saturate the soil.

Rubbing Alcohol

One teaspoon of rubbing alcohol mixed with one litre of water makes an easy weed-killing spray. Spray the roots and plants with the solution.

Keeping Weeds Away

Creating physical barriers helps keep weeds at bay. Once the weeds are gone, completely cover the area in a layer of gravel. Also consider placing plastic sheeting under the gravel to give the driveway added protection.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Jennings began publishing creative works in 1988 and has been a professional editor and writer since 2002. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and philosophy.

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