Nobody likes weeds. They’re unsightly, tenacious, and they can spread like wildfire. Those of you who’re dedicated to making your property look its best might spend hours during the growing season trying to keep weeds from springing up all over your yard. It’s just the nature of the beast when you have fertile soil.

There are weed killers you can use, but many people are concerned that these poisons might harm pets and young children who play in the yard. The following are several pet and kid-safe ways to cut down on weeds on your Montgomery County property.

First, do your best to pull up what you can by the roots. This is one of the safest ways to remove weeds, and one of the most effective in preventing future growth. If you’ve got a lot of weeds to take care of, this might take some time. Do what you can, and then leave the rest to the household weed killers of your choice.

Because of the weak acidity of vinegar, it makes an excellent and safe weed killer among many of its other household uses. This compound, when sprayed on a weed, will dry it up and eventually kill it without causing your pets or kids any harm. Be careful when using vinegar around the plants that you want to keep, though, as it will have the drying effect on every plant it touches. Be sure to spray only on the weeds you’re looking to kill off.

Salt is another natural item found right in your pantry. It’s safe for pets, but again, it should be used only around the area where you don’t want anything to grow. This might take some work to spread the salt only around the weeds or areas you’d like to keep barren, but it will work better than many other highly-toxic weed killers. The weeds will eventually die off as the soil becomes inhospitable, and your dog will be safe to play in the area without getting sick.

If you’ve removed the weeds in your yard and you’re looking for something to keep further growth away, consider using cornmeal. It won’t kill your lawn, or even change the color, but it will keep new seeds from germinating. Weeds are going to have a hard time growing back if the condition of the ground isn’t welcoming, but be careful not to use cornmeal in an area that you’re looking to start new growth. Keep it out of newly planted gardens, but feel free to use it in established lawns and shrubs.

It’s possible to get your yard looking top-notch without posing a health risk to your four-legged friends and young ones who love to play in the yard. For more safe alternatives to toxic, chemical weed killers, Better Homes & Gardens has an informative article to check out here. When the time is right to buy and sell your home, we’re here to help you with all your real estate needs! Call me, Laura Austin, at (281) 789-2911 or (936) 321-2977, or email me at You can also visit me at my website for available listings and additional information.