Using Vinegar, Salt, and Soap for Weeds

We would like to try the solution of vinegar, Epsom salt, and dish soap, but are concerned if it will kill everything. We do not want "volunteers" oaks, coffeeberry, etc. to be killed. Thanks!


By Maria R.

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March 25, 20143 found this helpful
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First of all, you'd use regular salt; epsom salt is actually a plant food. Vinegar will render the soil sterile, meaning that nothing at all will grow there, maybe for decades (it stays in the soil). It will also render the soil sterile if a rain washes it to another place. It is best NOT to use it if you ever want anything to grow, ever. And yes, it will kill "volunteers." Just lightly spray the leaves with soapy (blue dawn dishwash soap) water on a really sunny day or use boiling water.

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August 5, 20160 found this helpful

I have used Borax 5 Oz to a gallon water, killed all the creeping Charlie with no harm at all to the lawn, and Charlie did not grow again in 2 years.

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August 26, 20160 found this helpful

It definitely (unfortunately) kills grass!

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April 21, 20190 found this helpful

Right Solution, Wrong answer
Vinegar will dissapate not sterilize.
Salt lasts in soil and can sterilize.


Look up your science. Wikipedia Ph for plants.

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

What are theproportions of vinegar, dish soap, znd epsom salt for one gallon weed sprayer ?

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