Gardening: Urgent warning over viral weedkiller trick using cola or orange juice

THERE are plenty of gardening hacks out there for treating your garden with household drinks.

But you've got to be careful before dowsing your chrysanthemums in cola, you need to be sure you know what you're doing, otherwise you could damage or kill your plants.

A gardening expert explained exactly how to use regular drinks in your garden but urged people to use them in "moderation".

Chris Bonnett from Gardening Express added that using these hacks too often could damage your plants.

He said: “People might be surprised to hear that a lot of household drinks can actually be used in their gardens and on their plants. 

“If you have some spare or flat Coca-Cola this is a great alternative to weed killers and some drinks like milk and tea actually work as fertilisers.

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“A lot of these techniques are best off being used in moderation, for example adding too much orange juice and milk could potentially do more harm to your plants than good and could result in killing them if overused.”

When it comes to cola, you can use the fizzy drink to kill weeds but also it can be used on compost.

You just have to add it to your compost pile as the sugar in it is a great natural boost.

But bear in mind that using cola in the garden can also attract bugs.

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Orange juice is another day-to-day beverage that can be used in the garden, as it works well as a fertiliser.

The juice is very acidic so don't add too much otherwise you risk killing the plants.

Just pop a few tablespoons of the juice into your can before you water the garden.

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Lemonade is also great for increasing your plant's lifespan, add a small amount to your watering can.

The acid and sugar work together to prevent bacteria growing on the plant.

You may have heard that milk is helpful for plants and that is the case.

The expert said that the vitamin B and calcium promote growth just as it can in people.

All you need to do is create a mix of half water and half milk and pour it into a spray bottle.

Then use it to spray the leaves of your plants – and as with all the other drinks, make sure you do it in moderation.

Some people also put vodka on their garden as it can be a powerful weed killer and pesticide.

For indoor plants you can add a splash to the water of cut flowers to kill bacteria and keep your bouquet fresher for longer.

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