Vinegar the serial weed killer

That weed-whacking chemicals are a health hazard has been proved by scientists.

The dear boys also reported that good old vinegar – the humble household white sort – can eradicate the non-grata disfiguring your garden with efficiency and elegance. And not only is this wonderful product incredibly economical, it is also eco-friendly. To conform to organic farming standards, the researchers tested fruit and cereal vinegars on the most common weeds, in greenhouses as well as outside. They were pleased to say that none survived.

In Sweden, vinegar has been registered as an herbicide for weed control in concrete pavements. It is perfect to eradicate inappropriate vegetation coming up between paving-slabs, around brick walls, sidewalk and driveway cracks.

Unfortunately, vinegar is a non-selective herbicide that can damage other plants in contact with the solution. Use it for special situations such as selected spot treatment of weed patches between patio slabs. You can spray the deadly liquid directly onto the offending plants or apply it to the soil. In both cases, death is assured.

Prepare your wonderful weed killer

Boil 1 litre of water, stir in 2 tablespoons of salt and 5 tablespoons of vinegar. Mix well and pour onto the undesirables growing along pathways and lanes.

In le vinaigre à tout faire