Weeds in Paths? Use Vinegar, Not Roundupweedy herb garden pre vinegarNEED PROOF THAT VINEGAR IS A WEED-TERMINATOR? Just look at the weeds growing along a pea-gravel path in my Herb Garden. These were photographed yesterday afternoon, just moments before I sprayed them with cheap, straight-from-the-bottle, store-brand white vinegar.

Here’s what all that greenery looked like this morning:herb garden after vinegarI’d say those weeds are deader than dead. And that’s why I use vinegar on the gravel paths, brick walk-ways, and blue-stone patio here at A Garden for the House. For me it has proven an effective, eco-friendly answer to Roundup.And speaking of Roundup! In 2011 the product’s manufacturer, Monsanto, agreed with the New York Attorney General’s office to discontinue their use of the terms “biodegradable” and “environmentally friendly” in ads promoting Roundup. Why? Because these terms were false. Roundup is neither biodegradable nor environmentally friendly.The next time you want to murder your weeds, why douse them with something that will remain in the soil for who knows how long?

Try vinegar instead. Again, it’s cheap. It’s also easy to use. I keep gallons of the stuff in my garden shed.vinegar and pump sprayerApplication: I use a pump-sprayer to apply vinegar. And I always rinse the sprayer after use, to keep metal parts from corroding.I’ve found that vinegar works best if sprayed on warm, sunny days (at least 78 degrees). My paths are located in full, blazing sun.

Note: Vinegar is not selective; it can potentially harm plants you wish to keep, should you accidentally spray them. As I said earlier, I use vinegar only on walkways, where grass and ornamental plants are not an issue.(Need to eradicate weeds from a garden bed? Do what I do, and smother them with newspaper as described in this post.)045Will vinegar kill every weed it touches? That I can not say. I only know that it has kept my pathways free of unwanted growth. Annual weeds are killed instantly, because they can not survive without their foliage. Perennial-type weeds need repeated spraying until their roots give up.Some sunny day, I hope you’ll give vinegar a try. Maybe it will prove an eco-friendly (or least not eco-horrific) weed-killer for you, too.

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Will Nesbitt

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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.