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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:11 pm    Post subject: Diluted vinegar as a weed killer Reply with quote

Hi everyone

Someone mentioned diluted vinegar as an alternative to round up but unfortunately she was a bit short on specifics.

Has anyone heard of this?

If yes can you advise is this a special type of vinegar or just good old fashioned white vinegar. Does it need to be diluted or is anything added? How should it be applied to the weeds?

Can anyone say if it did or didnt work (or perhaps worked on some weeds but not others?

If it is something special, does anyone know where it can be sourced?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, if you want to kill weeds like Japanese knotweed, bindweed, vetch, horsetails, scutch etc, using a weed killer rather than by the longer term method of smothering them, then the only real alternative is to use a glyphosate weed killer. Most other weeds can be dealt with by physical removal if you are prepared to be persistent.
Some household-type materials may well kill off the top growth but they won't kill the roots. And, does acetic acid - vinegar - do more harm or less to soil fauna and flora than glyphosate? I don't know. Just because a substance is "natural" doesn't mean it is benign.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for reply but the whole subject is so frustrating. We have to get away from glyphospates. What other suggestions?

And I realise there was an error in my original post. I meant to have asked for distilled vinegar.

I'm desperate for any substance that may help because I have medical restrictions that affect how much physical work I can do in my garden.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What, exactly, do you want the weed killer to do? What is the nature of your weed problem?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello avs0020.
I hope you don't think I was being dismissive in my reply; it wasn't my intention.
Various weed problems can have different solutions, depending on the context. I use my Weedwand a lot on small annual weeds and young perennial ones. It is like a blow torch on the end of a walking stick and it makes short work of the weeds, shrivelling them. The remains disappear in a day or two. I've just done all the slabs in my patio and also some gravel paths, all without bending or stooping or needing to pull things up.
Tell us the nature of your problem and some of us may be able to suggest solutions.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Diluted vinegar as a weed killer Reply with quote

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Hi everyone

Someone mentioned diluted vinegar as an alternative to round up but unfortunately she was a bit short on specifics.

Has anyone heard of this?

If yes can you advise is this a special type of vinegar or just good old fashioned white vinegar. Does it need to be diluted or is anything added? How should it be applied to the weeds?

Can anyone say if it did or didnt work (or perhaps worked on some weeds but not others?

If it is something special, does anyone know where it can be sourced?

Thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for that, JK. Especially the bit about using salt in the recipe for gravel areas. I already use it, dry, for spot-treating dandelions, etc. I've passed on the info to my sisters, both of whom grow some of their own food and are unwilling to use conventional weed killers.
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