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Killing Weeds With Vinegar

We've used vinegar for killing weeds around the garden, for several years now. It's a great way to get rid of weeds in cracks in cement or in a paved driveway. You can pour it on directly from the jug or put it in a spray bottle (use full strength). Just a word of warning, if you don't want it to die, then don't go near it with the vinegar. If using in a flower garden, be careful around the plants you want to keep. The vinegar will leach to the other plants through the roots and kill them, so it may be better to pull these by hand.

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Put straight vinegar into a cheap garden sprayer ($12) & spray this onto your weeds. You can also pour the vinegar right on to the soil to kill the roots and stop everything from growing there in the future.

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May 5, 2012

When someone said to use vinegar for weeds, do they mean the white vinegar or not?

By Yang

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May 7, 20121 found this helpful
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It is the white vinegar. Be careful though - it is not selective at all. Any plant you get vinegar on, is going to be cooked by the vinegar!

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February 25, 2011

What ratio of vinegar and orange oil would you use to kill weeds?

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By leroy

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February 26, 20111 found this helpful
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Spraying straight vinegar on weeds kills them; be sure to do only when the wind is not blowing!

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July 19, 2010

What kind of vinegar do you use to get rid of the grass in your driveway? Thx.

By L J from NPN, VA

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July 19, 20100 found this helpful
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Use a distilled white vinegar with a 15%-20% acetic level, the higher the level the better it will work. Spray it after the dew is gone and it should kill them in a few days. Be careful not to spray them on any other plants because it will kill them as well. :)

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April 11, 2010

How do I make and use vinegar weed killer?

By glenda bruno from Winfield, MO

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful
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I used it when I lived in Louisiana & had fairly good luck. On a bright sunny day, I would spray full strength white vinegar on weeds & grass growing in places I didn't want it growing (like a small crack I had in the driveway). It took a few days to work. It won't work on huge patches, just strays and small clumps.

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July 26, 2006

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What are the effects of salt and vinegar on grass and shrubs that you don't want to kill? How long will it take for the ground to recover? How do I help the ground to recover?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

Mona123 from Bear Creek, NC

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Mona123,

When too much salt gets into the soil, whether it's Epsom salt or a build up of fertilizer salts, water is drawn out of a plant's roots instead of flowing into them. This is normally referred to as "burning", but actually the plant is becoming severely (or fatally) dehydrated. The plant's leaves and stems start to shrivel and turn brown and leaves may mutate from chloride toxicity. The best way to remedy soil containing excess salts is to remove the contaminated soil and amend it with healthy, nutrient-rich soil. For the amount of salt used by most gardeners in homemade tonics, the area can probably be considered "recovered" as soon as it's refreshed with some nutrient-rich soil.

Vinegar is a weak acid and when applied to the soil, it lowers the pH. Changing the pH too quickly can damage or even kill plants by altering their roots ability to absorb water and minerals. Fortunately, because vinegar is a weak acid, it degrades in water and doesn't bioaccumulate (stay in the environment). After flushing the soil with water, you can expect the pH to return to normal within 48-72 hours.

Ellen

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July 7, 20060 found this helpful
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Mona
Very few plants will survive a dose of salt and/or vinegar. The only way I know of getting rid of it is to leach it out by regular watering. How effective this will be depends on what lies below the top soil; if its clay for e.g. then the remedy may not work - you may have to remove the top soil altogether. If its a well draining subsoil i.e. sandy then you should have some success - I hope. Also try a neutralising treatment to adjust the ph.

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May 2, 2012

If you spray vinegar ''at what rate?" will you be able to grow other plants in the same area? Does the vinegar sterilize the ground or how long will it keep weeds from reappearing?

By Nellie

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May 2, 20120 found this helpful

I sprayed some moss with 100% vinegar and it killed the moss. It also killed the grass that abutted the moss. That was about 4 weeks ago and the areas that I sprayed have not turned green. So, it will be some time before any grass grows in those areas.When the weather turns better I will put down some lime in those areas to see if that helps the grass grow again.

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March 25, 20130 found this helpful

Vinegar is a great weed killer, even better with dishsoap in it (the soap acts like a bonding agent) It will kill anything.
But unfortunately it changes the soil so that nothing will grow there after it has been used. Bleach is better 50/50- it doesnt hurt the soil and doesn't harm the environment. It dissipates after about 12 hours.

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

Although found this...Bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, has a pH of around 11, which means it can raise the pH of your soil, and this may damage valuable plants. Application of bleach to kill weeds also adds sodium to the soil, and this can make it difficult to grow plants in areas of your landscape treated with bleach. Vinegar, on the other hand, is a natural weed killer that does not negatively affect the soil. homeguides.sfgate.com/weed-control-bleach-vinegar-42435... So personally I'd stick with the vinegar if you think you want to grow something there later.

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May 4, 2009

Will using vinegar to destroy grass and weeds between bricks harm newly planted trees?

By Doreene Baker from Ontonagon, MI

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May 8, 20090 found this helpful

If the vinegar gets to the soil near the trees it might kill them. I have a weed puller (from Lowe's) I use. It last for ever, good luck.

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May 9, 2008

I am looking for a recipe for weed control using orange oil, molasses, and vinegar.

Carolet from San Antonio, TX

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June 1, 20080 found this helpful

check here:
www.dirtdoctor.com/.../organic-weed-killer.html

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June 19, 2014

What is the recipe for killing dandelions?

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June 2, 2014

Will vinegar and Epson salt also kill the grass?

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