Planting Seeds After Using Vinegar for Weeds?

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I was looking for a weed killer that would kill a grass like weed, but it is not grass. I found this homemade recipe:

  • 1 gallon of distilled vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap

I honestly don't know what to do. This weed is everywhere this year - all over my neighbor's yard and in different parts of town. It's invasive and is starting to edge into my little patch of lawn. I want to get rid of it and plant some wildflowers and wild grass seed.

I reread some of the comments, I am now concerned that the vinegar will stay in the soil way longer than the time frame I need. How long do I need to wait after application to plant seeds in the same area?


Hardiness Zone: 5b

By mindy

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February 21, 20180 found this helpful
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Vinegar is organic and many microbes will feed on it and break it down. I can't imagine an organic fluid like vinegar hanging around and keeping its potency in the soil after a handful of waterings... Vinegar is also used to lower the ph for some alkaline soils.


But is rather ineffective because it doesn't persist in the soil like sulfur. It gets neutralized fairly quickly. I can't image a weeks worth of watering, not completely flushing and neutralizing the effects of vinegar.

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February 21, 20180 found this helpful

It breaks down quickly. You can plant soon after. Id wait a week or two

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