Be GREEN GREEN!: Bee Friendly Weed Spray


GREEN GREEN – a new picture book by Marie and Baldev Lamba, for more info click here

Honeybees are dying off. One of the reasons? The use of herbicides, chemicals and pesticides. Honeybees play a vital role in pollinating fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Did you know that about a third of all food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybees? Now imagine our world without them. Yikes! We need them, and now they need us! What can you do to help? Ditch those harsh chemicals!

Here’s an easy formula for a BEE FRIENDLY WEED SPRAY. You’ll help save the bees, you won’t have to worry about spraying gunk that will be dangerous for kids and pets, AND you’ll save a ton of money, too.  Win win all around.


Fill a spray bottle with…
1 gallon of vinegar
1 ounce of liquid dish soap

Some tips: This spray works best in full sun. Spray on a day without rain to let it take effect. You’ll see results almost immediately. When weeds die down, it’s a good opportunity to remove any extra soil or plant debris from sidewalk and walkway cracks that would encourage future weeds. Keep a spray bottle on hand to zap any weeds that come back.

How well does this work?  Here’s my sidewalk’s BEFORE:


And just a few hours later:


And the next day… a great AFTER:


I just removed the dead vegetation. Best of all – no bees were harmed! No animals either. Please spread the word and share this post with others. You can Bee the solution!

Want your kids to think green? Then check out my new picture book GREEN GREEN: A COMMUNITY GARDENING STORY (Farrar Straus Giroux), which is available in stores and online wherever books are sold. For more info and for links to retailers, please click here. This book celebrates the joys of gardening, and includes ways kids can help the world be more GREEN GREEN. School Library Journal calls it, “An attractive read-aloud for beginning lessons on gardening.”

*Marie is co-author of the new picture book GREEN GREEN: A COMMUNITY GARDENING STORY and a Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City. To keep up with all her posts, subscribe to her site.

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10 thoughts on “Be GREEN GREEN!: Bee Friendly Weed Spray

  1. At first I thought you’d come up with your own product for weeds. Thank you so much for this home method that is easy and inexpensive. And bee/earth friendly. Can’t wait until my copy of Green Green arrives.

  2. Dear Ms. Lamba,

    Am happy to see you’re taking the plight of the honeybees to the kids. It’s only by education this trend can be headed off.


    Laura Kennedy

    p.s. Surf Shop Sisters, my YA acquired by Melange Publishing, received a third place award in the 2016 FWA Royal Palm Literary Awards.

  3. Thanks so much, Tiffany! And thanks for reblogging this post. I hope lots of folks start using this spray instead of pesticides – what a difference that would make.

    And we can always use reviewers! 🙂 Thanks for the offer 🙂

  4. does it kill dandelions? I know dandelions are good pollinators, but I am wanting to kill weeds before putting better soil down and a new flower bed.

    • Hi Cheryl!

      It’ll kill whatever green leaves it comes in contact with. Which also means – be sure not to spray something you want to keep.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Pingback: Earth Day Fun! | Marie Lamba, author

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