Get a salad dressing scent in your lawn with vinegar treatment on the weeds.
Vinegar is a jack of all trades product in your kitchen hutch. It is a multipurpose compound in your kitchen console. It serves you in the kitchen and you will find it servile on your dining table. But the vinegar is powerful out of the kitchen as well. It can be effectively used as synthetic herbicide. As you will make this herbicide at home, there are no chances of any threat to the environment or its components. Here this post is going to discuss how the vinegar can be used out of the kitchen into the yard as a weed killer.
Vinegar can kill some specific types of uninvited plants in your yard. It will only work when it will be applied properly according to the given instructions. Its affectivity in the garden as synthetic herbicide is unsurpassed. Its effect on the environment is very light and it does not affect the natural cycles by any means. But being careful in its application is equally important as its acidic effect will not discriminate between a good plant and a foe one. By following the following tips you can be a perfect gardener by killing weeds with vinegar.
Choosing the right kind of vinegar
Using the vinegar for weed killing seems an interesting idea but do we just need to put kitchen vinegar in the sprinkler and start our procedure? The answer, definitely is in negation. The typical domestic vinegar that is white in color comprises only 5% of vinegar i.e. acetic acid. The rest of 95% is water. If you consider using this type for killing weeds, you have got something with limits. Domestic white vinegar works finest on fragile, meek and annual weeds. The other drawback of using kitchen vinegar is, it will be only effective for a very short period of time. After a couple of weeks you will need another application. You can soar up its effectiveness by adding table salt and liquid dish washing soap to it. Take a gallon of vinegar, add a cup of salt and a tablespoon of liquid dish washer in it. This mixture is quite effective but it does not kill the roots. It works simply like you cut the stalks with a scissors or pluck it with your hands. The roots will germinate again into a plant. Repeated use of this solution will cause soil infertility. The amassing of the salt in the patch will destroy its ability to produce anything, even weeds.
It has no effective control over old, sturdy and perennial weeds. For killing such type of stubborn weeds a solution of 20% vinegar (also called horticultural vinegar) will do. You can get it from any store easily.
By what means we have to consume Vinegar As an organic Weed Killer
- Time required to work: 10 mins
- Total time: 2 days
Vinegar is an unsurpassed kitchen product that can make it an organic weed killer. The acetic acids is hostile to feeble plants and causes the plant to die on its spray. The more concentrated the vinegar is with acetic acid the more lethal it will be. As stated earlier gastronomic vinegar is low in acetic acid. This composition makes it less effective and less deadly for the weeds.
Simply mix the required quantity of vinegar with salt and dishwashing liquid in a gallon and start spraying this non-selective spray. Spray it with a tank having a wand or hose or do it with a sprinkler. The choice of equipment depends on the size of your lawn. Repeat the procedure as required. It is a non-selective spray so it will not hold any grudge against any specific weed. Its justice will be served for the friends and the foe weeds equally. So the person spraying it should mind which plant to spray and which plant is to be protected from its sprinkles.
As it is an organic mixture it will leave no side effects on your lawn except for accumulation of salts with repeated sprays.
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The high percentage of acetic acid makes it unsafe for use without any precautionary measures. You should be wearing proper garden gears and goggles while spraying such high potency of the vinegar in the yard. Its handling should be according to the safety rules. Do not let it get in contact with your eyes or skin. If it gets in touch with any of the body part especially eyes or face, immediately rush to a doctor to avoid any adverse consequences.
Time to Apply Vinegar
Dealing with weeds is always a matter of great care and concern. You have to calculate everything from recognition of the weed, its consequences, the factors responsible for it, the ways to eradicate it and the best time to dodge it to the abyss. You should know the type of the weed you are dealing with. You should have the knowledge either it is Annual- weed that grows in a specific time of the year b every year, or the perennial-the weed that is recurrent and is a real blotch in the fine fabric of your pricy and exorbitant lawn. Closely study the weed before applying any procedure on it.
Vinegar procedure for Annual Weeds
Spray the annuals with vinegar before they brood a new cohort for your lawn. This can be done either in spring or summer. One application will be enough to do with annuals if done in the right time.
The real challenge for the gardener or horticulturist is the perennials. They are the strongest opponents. It is good to uproot the perennials as soon as you find one in the lawn to save yourself from a potential threat. If they got their necks straight- you are a goner as a gardener. If they do, they will multiply by seeding and any other means. They will shoot back the next season even if their shoots die in the frosty winter. This is the right time then to proceed with the vinegar solution. The plant will get wilted and feeble with each spray. Eventually it will die.
The Limitations of Vinegar
- It is a non-selective weed killer that will equally kill the pleasant plants with hostile weeds.
- A reapplication will be required of the vinegar solution until the weeds die completely.
- The amassing of the salt is a great threat to the fertility of the soil.
- It only causes apparent destruction to the weed. It will not penetrate to the root.
- Is not very effective against perennials.
- Its acidic touch will destroy the neighboring plants as well.
The best way to prevent the lumpy lawn is to avoid the cause by taking precautionary measures and controlling the problem creators. Furthermore, keep it a little overseeded in humid periods of the year, avoid playing active games like cricket, football, or badminton, keep your pets away from the lawn if they have scrapping habit, use pre-emergent herbicides in your lawn in the early springtime to avoid pest invasion, do not keep heavy furniture in the lawn, and never use a roller to level the lumps.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned techniques would work for all the lawn owners and gardeners. Do not forget to leave your valued response and share techniques if you have ever tried any other than described in the post, and succeeded to recover your lumpy lawn.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!