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Death By Vinegar

7:52 AM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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Triad --  I like home remedies.  Actually, I like being in a conversation where a problem comes up and I have a fabulous and oh, so clever tip to share.  I've heard vinegar is a good way to kill weeds.  Before passing along that little tidbit of information, I decided to look into it.  Here's what I found.

Here's the good news... Vinegar will kill weeds.

Here's the bad news... Vinegar will kill your grass too.

You should NOT use vinegar on weeds in your grass.  This is a tip for use on weeds in your driveway, sidewalk or landscaped areas with mulch and weeds, but no plants.

Here's how it works.  Vinegar pulls the moisture out of leaves or blades of grass and they die.  The recipe is a simple mixture of a gallon of vinegar and an ounce of dish soap.  Spray it on your weeds and they will be gone in about 24 hours. 

Here's the problem.  While the concoction will kill weeds, it doesn't get down and kill the roots.  You may see regrowth a few days later.  You may have to try it several times.  That can get expensive.  In fact, it could end up being more expensive than a generic Round Up product. 

So, vinegar isn't the magical weed killing potion we might have hoped for.  While it does work, the job will probably be more complete and less expensive if you just buy the weed killer.   

The Truth About Garden Remedies, by: Jeff Gillman

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