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Pickle Those Weeds With Vinegar

Pickle Those Weeds With Vinegar

White vinegar makes an excellent earth-friendly herbicide. Just spray the vinegar full strength onto weeds, making sure theyíre well doused. This works best on a sunny day (The acid stops the plants from absorbing moisture if itís warm and sunny) The plants will turn black in a few hours.

The vinegar doesnít work well on deep-rooted plants, but it is excellent in eliminating those tiny reseeding plants that plague gravel and flagstone paths and patios. After a number of applications, fewer and fewer plants will grow in the areas you want to keep plant-free. Vinegar also performs well on moss growing on brick and stone paths and patios.

Use vinegar with caution, however. Test it first on a small area of pavement to make sure it doesnít discolor it or, in the case of limestone, dissolve it. Also, when vinegar is used repeatedly it raises the acidity of the soil to the point that it can render a patch of ground temporarily sterile (an advantage in paths and patios where you donít want anything to grow). And finally, make sure none of it drifts over onto other, desirable plants. Use a piece of cardboard or a sheet of newspaper to protect nearby plants, if necessary.

Read more: Home, Lawns & Gardens

Adapted from Yankee Magazine's Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, and more for the Garden (Yankee Books, 2005).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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2:33AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

thanks for the information

6:00AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

I never would have thought to use vinegar so thank you for the tip.

4:52AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

I thought this article was going to be about pickling weeds for eating!

4:03PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thank you for this...

1:32PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:16AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thank you

7:01AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

I do ,,am doing weeding by hand....nearly there...'till they come back again..not this year.!!

5:54AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

how often is too often? would like to try

6:10PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:37PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Now I know why vinegar works sometimes and not at other times. Thank you.

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