Along with the sprouting of our lovely spring bulbs, some not-so-lovely things are sprouting up too. Yes, I’m talking about weeds!
Want to control them environmentally and safely without harsh chemicals? Then here are two simple items for your shopping list: distilled white vinegar and a sprayer bottle.
If you’re like me, you may already have a sprayer bottle or have kept one around just waiting to be reused, so your list may contain one, simple item… vinegar, because (just like my kids) weeds hate the taste of vinegar!
All you need to do is fill the bottle with vinegar and spray the nasty culprits! It works best with young weeds and, for those tough hardy buggers, it may take more than one application but, I assure you, it works! I should also add that it works best on a sunny day and when rain is not in the forecast.
However, this also comes with a warning… vinegar is NOT selective. It will kill whatever you spray. You need to be cautious not to let it come in contact with prized flowers or plants, so make sure your bottle has a very controlled sprayer and not a wide range mist. For this reason also, vinegar is best for gardens, flower beds, sidewalks, driveways and around paver stones, but isn’t recommended for lawns since it will take your grass right along with the weeds!
Ahh… vinegar! Is there anything it doesn’t do?!? Okay, well yea… there are “things”, but the list of what it DOES do just got longer… and you can now add “weed warrior” to that list!