Vinegar is a versatile household product. It is used for culinary and cleaning purposes. However, not many of us are aware of the multiple uses of vinegar in gardening. Commercial vinegar is the cheapest herbicide and pesticide for your yard. As it is non-toxic, you can use it liberally. It is environment friendly. Moreover, you can also use it as a disinfectant and cleaner in your garden.
Here Are Some Of The Best Ways To Use Vinegar In Your Garden.
Stimulate Growth Of Plants That Grow On Acidic Soil
Vinegar is a good choice for reducing the pH of your garden soil. As increasing the acidity of the soil of your entire yard is a hassle, all you have to do is pour the diluted vinegar on the soil around plants that grow on acidic soil. It helps in stimulating growth of flowering plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias.
Vinegar is an excellent eco-friendly herbicide. It inhibits and retards growth of grass and other common garden weeds. Pour undiluted vinegar on the pathways that you want to keep free from garden weeds.
Clean Garden Tools
To keep your garden tools sparkling clean, you can use vinegar. It is also effective in removing the stubborn rust on the iron tools.
Get Rid Of Slugs
To protect your plants from slugs, blend vinegar and water in equal proportions and spray the solution in your garden. It helps in killing the snails.
Vinegar helps in preventing ants from invading your yard. Pour undiluted acetic acid on the pathways and anthills and it will help in keeping your garden ant-free.
With the help of this versatile non-toxic cleaner you can disinfect and clean the birdbaths in your garden. Acetic acid helps in dissolving even the stubborn stains, which keeps the birdbaths spotlessly clean.
Clean Hummingbird Feeders
The hummingbird feeders in your yard should be cleaned and disinfected with a safe cleaner. You can use vinegar for the purpose.
To keep your neighbor’s cat away from your garden, spray vinegar around your yard. Cats dislike the smell and will stay away from your garden.
Get Rid Of Rabbits
Rabbits just as cats hate the smell of vinegar. Placing cotton balls soaked in vinegar around your plants will protect them from rabbits.
Keep Fruit Flies At Bay
To protect your fruit trees from fruit flies prepare fly bait by mixing vinegar and water in equal proportions and add two tablespoons of sugar to the mixture. Pour the solution in a can and hang it with the help of a string on a branch.
Clean Terracotta Pots
To clean the white crusts on the terracotta pot, soak it in a sink filled with diluted vinegar. Acetic acid in the solution helps in dissolving the mineral deposits on the pots.
Clean Patio Furniture
You can use this household cleaner for cleaning your patio furniture.
Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
To keep the cut flowers fresh for a longer time, add a teaspoon of sugar and four teaspoons of vinegar to the water in the vase and then place the cut flowers in the vase to retain their freshness.
Vinegar also helps in removing molds from fountains, baths and pots in the garden.
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