Weeds surround us everywhere. Gardeners are well aware of how difficult it is to deal with them. But you can't leave the site unattended. Such plants grow so quickly that they can completely drown out all other crops. It takes a lot of time to manually process the site. Moreover, such procedures have only a short-term effect. Perennial deep-rooted weeds will soon grow back and so endlessly. Therefore, gardeners began to look for a tool that would perfectly cope with the destruction of weeds, but at the same time was safe for health and the environment.
Many years of experience have shown that ordinary vinegar is such a remedy. Other substances are added to it, which only enhance the effect of this natural herbicide. Below we will look at how to use vinegar and salt against weeds, and in what proportion to mix the ingredients.
Vinegar as a weed killer
Vinegar is a versatile weed killer. It fights well even with the toughest plants. In addition, it is completely safe for humans and animals. Funds based on it help to get rid of not only unwanted vegetation, but also some pests. It has been noticed that ants immediately disappear from areas where vinegar was used. To do this, you need to mix vinegar with an acidity level of 40% with ordinary water in equal proportions. Then the habitats of the pests are sprayed with this mixture.
On beds with cultivated plants, the drug should be used more carefully. But most gardeners have adapted to this and use methods of application that allow them not to harm garden plants. Next, in the article we will look at how to use the tool correctly.
Weed control with vinegar should follow clear instructions. It is very important to follow the proportions during preparation. Most often, an aqueous solution of 40% vinegar is used. It is mixed with water in equal proportions, and then the contaminated areas are sprayed. This mixture works well with any weed.
You can use vinegar with a lower acidity level. For example, the following recipe is for 6% substance. To prepare the herbicide, combine:
- 1 liter of water;
- 2.5 cups vinegar.
This mixture can be used to treat an area of about one hundred square meters. In this case, it is necessary to carefully spray the product so as not to get on vegetables and other crops.
The following recipe is prepared this way:
- Vinegar and lemon juice are mixed in a 3: 1 ratio.
- The ready-made solution is used for spraying weeds with a spray bottle.
Most effective solution
If no other remedy can control the weeds in your area, a more caustic solution should be prepared. It is made with vinegar and salt. Such a mixture will clear weeds from areas near paths, fences and other places where cultivated plants do not grow. This method even helps to get rid of perennial weeds, which usually grow again and again in their place.
So, in order to prepare a weed killer, you need to prepare:
- litere of water;
- 5 tablespoons of vinegar;
- 2 tablespoons of table salt.
The water should be boiled.Then the remaining ingredients are added to it, mixed and the weeds are watered with the finished mixture.
In addition to salt and vinegar, you can add liquid soap or dishwasher to the composition against unwanted vegetation. Such a preparation must be carefully sprayed over the weeds with a spray bottle. In this case, it would be good to cover the cultivated plants with thick paper or other material.
To prepare the solution you will need:
- 1 liter of table vinegar;
- 150 grams of kitchen salt;
- 1 tablespoon of liquid soap.
All the prepared salt is poured into an empty bottle. Then it is poured with vinegar and soap is added. Now the contents of the bottle should be shaken well and poured onto unwanted plants. For greater efficiency, use vinegar with an acidity of at least 15%.
Application of the drug
Vinegar solution is an unusually powerful substance that destroys all plants in its path. Therefore, it is necessary to use the drug correctly so as not to harm the planted crops. This is especially true for the application of the herbicide in the beds.
The sun can make the drug even stronger. For 3 days after spraying, the air temperature should be at least + 20 ° C. The sun helps the herbicide to quickly grab the leaves and burn them. The weather should be not only warm, but also calm. Such conditions will contribute to the spread of the product to all surrounding plants.
Weed control with a vinegar solution is carried out with a spray gun. Thus, the liquid will not get on the planted crops. And in order to be 100% sure of safety, you can cover the beds with unnecessary paper.
The area should be handled very carefully. The drug should not come into contact with the soil. If the substance is sprayed abundantly, then the site cannot be planted for the next couple of years. Vinegar can kill all beneficial microorganisms, so the soil needs to rest for a while.
The use of such natural preparations allows you to remove weeds in a short time. If you apply the solution in the morning, then by the evening the plants will become lethargic and lifeless. Soon they will dry out altogether. They can then be collected and removed from the site. All the advantages of this method can also be attributed to savings. Chemical herbicides are much more expensive. Such preparations quickly act on weeds and are very easy to prepare.
Remember that weed control begins before the seeds form on the plants. Reviews of experienced gardeners show that spraying weeds in the garden should be carried out in early spring, when it is just beginning to appear.
Important! Vinegar doesn't just burn the top of the plant. It is able to penetrate into the trunk and get directly into the root system. Thus, the preparation completely kills unwanted vegetation.
Many gardeners argue that treating weeds with folk remedies is the best way to remove all annoying plants. There are many chemical herbicides available today. However, all of them can seriously harm human health. In addition, such substances accumulate in the soil and spoil its composition. This article describes many recipes for environmentally friendly herbicides that destroy almost all known types of weeds. By using them, you do not put yourself and your family at risk. In addition, preparation and application of the product does not require much effort and time.