Vinegar is a versatile and affordable solution for various gardening challenges. From weed control to cleaning tools, this common household item offers several benefits. Here’s how you can make the most of vinegar in your garden.

Killing weeds

Vinegar is an effective natural weed killer due to its acetic acid content, which breaks down cell walls and dehydrates the plants. For best results, spray vinegar directly on the weeds you want to eliminate.

Tip: Use vinegar on young weeds and apply it on hot days for maximum effect. Be careful not to spray nearby plants, as vinegar can harm them too. This method can be used for walkways, driveways and terrace areas. Its effective for controlling invasive plants.

Remove rust from garden tools

Busy gardeners often neglect tool maintenance, leading to rust and dirt buildup. Soak rusty tools in vinegar for half a day to dissolve rust. The vinegar will loosen the rust, making it easier to wipe off.


Clean garden walkways

Mineral deposits on brick or limestone walkways can be unsightly. Mix equal parts vinegar and water to create a solution that breaks down these deposits. Scrub away the loosened remains for a cleaner look.

Control insects

A diluted vinegar solution can help manage harmful insects. Mix equal parts vinegar and water, then spray the solution around problem areas. This method is particularly effective for controlling ants, as the acid disrupts their scent trails.

Deter wild animals

Animals like squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits can wreak havoc in your garden. The strong odour of vinegar can deter these pests. Soak cloth rags in vinegar and hang them around your garden’s perimeter. Refresh the vinegar periodically to maintain its effectiveness.


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