Vinegar it's good on chips and mixed with salt it can elevate a packet of crisps to god tier! Did you know this humble household staple can also be used as an effective and cheap weed killer?
Yep, you heard that right vinegar kills some weeds, spray it on and the acetic acid inside will burn away the weeds - you don't need special vinegar.
Caveat: vinegar won't kill all kinds of weeds but it will damage most of them, they may regrow.
How does vinegar work as a weed killer?
Acetic acid is the active ingredient in vinegar that allows it to kill weeds. Not all vinegars are the same though, regular household vinegars typically contain 5% acetic acid.
To use vinegar as a weed killer you simply spray it all over the weeds & wait. The acid content will burn away the visible part of the weeds.
Some enterprising firms have started selling "special horticultural vinegar" - there is nothing special about it, it's just acetic acid, just another chemical used to kill weeds.
How long does it take to kill weeds?
Typically you will start to see results within 24 hours.
First the weeds will wilt, then turn yellow and eventually shrivel up and die.
You should apply the vinegar to weeds on a warm day for the best results.
One of the reasons vinegar is a popular homemade weed killer is because it works FAST!
How much vinegar does it take to kill weeds?
It depends on how many weeds you have. Coat the whole weed in neat vinegar, nothing more nothing less : if you have a small amount of weeds you won't need much.
Give it a try on a small area and see the results for yourself before proceeding to a larger area.
Will vinegar kill my grass?
Yes. Vinegar is a non-selective, strong herbicide - it's not good for plants or soil health.
Does vinegar kill weeds permanently?
It may kill some smaller weeds permanently but in general vinegar just burns away the visible part of the weed, after applying you may notice that the weeds simply regrow after a few weeks.
The problem with vinegar is that it is a contact based herbicide meaning it will only kill the parts it touches. Often this means the roots remain intact allowing the weed to regrow.
Is vinegar better than RoundUp?
No. Roundup is specifically designed to kill weeds roots and all.