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Got weeds? Use weed killer vinegar!

If you’re battling weeds in your garden or lawn, vinegar can help to eliminate the weeds. Yes, apart from being a good food additive, vinegar can also act as a handy domestic weed killer. This is because the acetic acid found in vinegar kills weeds. Here’s what you should know about using weed killer vinegar for your organic gardening.

Killing weeds with vinegar

Vinegar used at home for culinary purposes has low quantities of acetic acid (about 5%) that can kill weeds. If you are serious about organic weed control, then using weed killer vinegar is a safe and inexpensive way to do so. Just get your vinegar and apply it repeatedly onto the weeds. After repeat application directly on weeds, you will see the weeds die. That’s it!

Make sure the vinegar does not come into contact with the grass or plants you want to keep at each application. Vinegar is a natural, non-selective weed killer that can also harm plants that you actually want to grow on your garden. Ideally, use vinegar in areas where landscaping plants and lawn grass are not in the way, or where weeds are pushing up through cracks, such as on walkways and patios.

“Paint” vinegar directly on the surface of perennial weeds with a brush as a way of preventing it coming into contact with and harming your plants. If you are using a spray for application, only pull the spray trigger when you are directly up close to the targeted weed. Also, avoid spraying on windy days because the wind can carry the vinegar onto the plants you want to keep.

Weed killer vinegar limitations

Apart from the need to re-apply vinegar several times to get the job done, natural weed killer vinegar is not very effective on perennial weeds that have toughened up over years of coping with challenging environmental conditions. Vinegar is generally only more effective when applied on younger weeds, particularly during early fall before the weeds set seed.

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