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Planting Seeds After Using Vinegar for Weeds?

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
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  • 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?

Thanks!

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.

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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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