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DeborahLee
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Deborah
Starkville Mississippi
USA
85 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  06:36:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I came across this on Facebook and thought I would share...I had just talked with my landlord about the weeds poking through the pavement. She wanted to have the lawn service folks zap them with chemicals and I suggested that there might be a more natural way. These weeds are stubborn; simply pulling them up does no good since they just grow back. It's a bit amazing that the container plants that I nurture, water, even talk with routinely die under the heavy July Mississippi sun but these unloved weeds hang onto life year round!

Here's the blog posting:
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2011/06/got-weeds-use-vinegar-not-roundup/

Deborah

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Bear5
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Louisiana/Texas
USA
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Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  07:33:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that information. I'll try that today. I've got weeds coming out of the pavement, I'll sap them with vinegar today! Great tip!
Marly

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vintagediva1
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1251 Posts

Michele
Brighton Michigan
USA
1251 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  08:35:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, I was gonna dig up dandelions tomorrow. Maybe I'll try this instead.
Thanks
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BlackHorseFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

91 Posts

Elizabeth
Chicago IL
USA
91 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  09:05:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is best used during the heat of the day and although it is great for pavement, don't use it where you want other plants to grow, like in the middle of your yard. It gets into the soil and acidifies it for a long time.
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Annie S
True Blue Farmgirl

756 Posts

Annie
Custer S.D.
USA
756 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  1:40:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have used this on our gravel walkway for years to kill the weeds that come up here and there. Love using this because we have dogs and have never liked using harsh chemicals with them running around outside. The vinegar is so much safer and it's so cheap. Always keep a couple of gallons of the stuff around for everything - just so versitile.
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

5584 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
5584 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  2:58:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really like this idea, Deborah! Thank you for sharing! I'm going to have to try it for sure! - Nini

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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

2953 Posts

marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
2953 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  9:29:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is the best hint I have gotten in a long time. Thanks!
Marianne
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GirlwithHook
True Blue Farmgirl

922 Posts

Alyce
Madison WI
USA
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Posted - Mar 28 2012 :  06:35:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, thanks! The landlord always sprays the weeds with some really horrible chemicals, and I end up paranoid that I'll track them inside where a little beak could get. (He's not usually a carpet-chewer, but sometimes he finds a stray seed.)

I have a spray bottle of vinegar already for my windows; I think it just "sprouted" another use!



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beekeepersgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1307 Posts

Luanne
Cresco PA
USA
1307 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2012 :  07:06:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if this would work along our electric fence line so we don't have to weed whack as often? We don't like to use chemicals because our bee hives are close by.

Luanne

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texdane
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Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
3004 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2012 :  08:05:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know if it will work on moss?

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pennyhenny
True Blue Farmgirl

304 Posts

Missy
Dayton OH
USA
304 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2012 :  08:38:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Trying this method this afternoon for some weeds along the fence. Thank you for sharing this great method.

hugs,
-missy-

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Nanniekim
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189 Posts

Kim
Utah
189 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2012 :  7:41:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boiling water also works great on weeds coming up through the cracks in the sidewalk.

Kim
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Acelady02
True Blue Farmgirl

1266 Posts

Penny
Washington GA
USA
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Posted - Mar 28 2012 :  10:09:31 PM  Show Profile  Send Acelady02 an AOL message  Send Acelady02 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, thank you so much for this, I use it for some many things so I buy a couple gallons at a time...nice to know it will work for weeds too

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sherrye
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sherry
bend in the high desert oregon
USA
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Posted - Apr 01 2012 :  06:57:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
vinegar does work great for weeds. be careful on concrete it is an acid and can etch the finish. they sell 35 percent vinegar we buy it and use it on stubborn weeds. peaceful valley farm carries the strong stuff. just a humble opinion. sherrye

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crittergranny
True Blue Farmgirl

1096 Posts

Laura
Lindrith NM
USA
1096 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2012 :  07:38:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think I will try the vinegar. Although it takes a lot to get rid of New Mexico weeds. I hope it works. My grandmother used to use scalding hot water on a lot of stuff. It worked pretty good. Goats are pretty good about getting rid of some weeds, but there are a few species that even they don't like, and besides they eat the good stuff too!
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dmeyer
True Blue Farmgirl

625 Posts

Deborah
Jasper Missouri
USA
625 Posts

Posted - Apr 17 2012 :  04:49:53 AM  Show Profile  Send dmeyer a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Vinegar works good on thistles. Make sure you get the vinegar on the underside of the leaves too.
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2023 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2023 Posts

Posted - May 12 2012 :  03:18:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i'ved used vinegar on the grass growing among the pebbles in our walk and it sure does work excellent. i never use chemicals in the garden or property.
connie

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edlund33
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Marilyn
Renton WA
USA
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Posted - May 12 2012 :  07:42:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole, I have never had good luck controlling moss with vinegar here in WA. At some times of the year it will burn it, but it doesn't kill it so it always grows back. Maybe in TX if you have a drier season it might be effective. If in doubt, I'd say give it a try!

Sherrye has a good point. Household vinegar contains only 5% acetic acid at full strength. While it will kill some weeds roots and all, it is not usually effective for killing roots on larger plants or strong weeds that have large taproots - like thistles, lambsquarters and pigweed. Sometimes all you get with household vinegar is top burnout but the weeds keep growing back.

There are some organic products available for homeonwner use that contain a higher concentration of acetic acid (6-10% depending on dilution ratio) and are much more effective on tough weeds. I use one called Burnout RTU that also contains clove oil as well as acetic acid. It smells wonderful and is much more effective on stubborn weeds. For really tough jobs there is also the 35% Acetic Acid product that Sherrye mentioned, however in many states you need a pesticide applicator license in order to purchase it. Every state has different rules on the sale of these products, so the best bet is to check with your local garden center to see what products are available in your area.

The good news is, there is still hope for controlling weeds without Monsanto!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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StrawHouseRanch
True Blue Farmgirl

1044 Posts

Paula
Holt Missouri
USA
1044 Posts

Posted - May 13 2012 :  6:59:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We tried it on parts of the the gravel driveway that is near the house as an experiment. It really took out some of the plants right away. Some of the grass wasn't phased. It probably didn't help that we got two inches of rain the next day though. That was about two weeks ago, and the stuff that died out is still dead.

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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
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Posted - May 20 2012 :  01:40:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really had good luck with this. I used it in my vegetable garden where I don't want to use anything as strong as Roundup. I really appreciate this post. It was a wonderful tip!
Marianne
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Roe
True Blue Farmgirl

131 Posts

Rosemarie
Tavares Florida
USA
131 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2012 :  03:49:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW Thanks so much for the Vinegar tips I will go out tomorrow and buy some. Time to tackle the weeds.

Hugs,
Roe
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princesspatches
True Blue Farmgirl

398 Posts

arttie
iron mountain michigan
USA
398 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2012 :  03:58:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been using the vinegar this summer to control weeds. AWESOME!!!!!! Hubby has been so impressed. My landscaping looks perfect and sidewalk and drive are weed-free.

I also spray it along the edges of the landscapng to prevent grass from migrating into the nice plants and it works great.

The funny part is.... after the weeds are partially dead, the chickens come and clean them up for me. So I feel much better not using chemicals with the animals running around.

Arttie
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