Question by  Glaumerie (2)

If you pour vinegar into vegetable beds to kills the weeds, will it kill the other plants, too?

I don't know what to do to get rid of the weeds. Someone told me about vinegar.


Answer by  ScottM (86)

It definitely can kill other plants. However, it does have it's benefits. Vinegar contains nutrients such as phosphorus, calcium and magnesium that plants need to grow. If your soil is low in acid content, adding vinegar can help raise the acid content. I would check what the plants surrounding the area prefer before putting any into your flower bed.

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Answer by  GreenThumb7 (7)

There is a risk with all weed killers, and vinegar is no different. If protecting neighbor plants is important, consider weeding by hand and remove the complete root system.


Answer by  Brandydog (631)

Vinegar is an acid. Some plants are tollerant of slightly acidic conditions. In fact some even thrive in these conditions. Vinegar is a very gentle way to deal with weeds because it is not a poison. Instead you are only slightly altering the pH of the water which is totally reversable by flushing with more water if your vegitables wilt.


Answer by  blahblah (670)

Vinegar can kill any kind of plant, both weeds and desirable plants. Vinegar is also a weak herbicide. You may need to use several applications to kill the weeds.

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