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10 Benefits of Using Vinegar in the Garden

November 1, 2019

Households everywhere are switching from harsh cleaning supplies to all-natural ingredients that are more environmentally friendly. Not only is vinegar a great ingredient in organic cleaning products, but it also has multiple benefits in the garden as well, allowing you to move away from toxic chemicals and pesticides in favor of organic solutions. 

1. Save plants from fungus
Plants suffering from mold and fungus can be protected by spraying the affected areas with a solution of two teaspoons of vinegar mixed in with one cup of brewed chamomile tea. It’s safe and organic. 

2. Remove weeds on walls and walkways
Spray weeds that pop up in sidewalk crevices and climb walls directly with pure white vinegar to kill them. 

3. Repel or kill ants
To kill ants in your garden, mix equal parts water and vinegar (either white or apple cider) and spray directly on the ants. To repel them from entering your garden or home, spray the solution around your walkways, or anywhere the ants can enter. 

4. Trap gnats and fruit flies
Keep these pests at bay and away from your garden and fruit trees by trapping them in a jar filled with apple cider vinegar and some liquid dish soap. The smell of the vinegar will lure the fruit flies, while the soap will create a trap they won’t be able to fly out of. 

5. Increase soil acidity
Unlike other plants and flowers, Rhododendrons, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, and Azaleas can benefit from increased soil acidity. Give them a temporary boost with a mix of one cup white vinegar to a gallon of water when watering. Use caution as vinegar can kill many common plants.

6. Extend the life of cut flowers
To prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers, mix two tablespoons vinegar with two tablespoons sugar with one-quart water in a vase. Add your favorite bouquet, changing the water every couple of days to keep your arrangement around for weeks. 

7. Clean rust from garden tools
Quality tools are a gardener’s best friend! Keep them rust free and in top working condition by spraying or soaking the tools in undiluted vinegar. Let soak for a few minutes. Then rinse and wipe clean.

8. Cleaning Clay Pots
Terracotta and clay pots are a popular choice with gardeners due to their ability to keep plant soil cool even in extreme heat. However, they tend to absorb calcium, salt, and other minerals that can leave them corroded and unattractive. Clean your pots by soaking them in a bucket filled with four cups warm water and one cup vinegar for thirty minutes to dissolve the mineral buildup. Remove and air dry. 

9. Get rid of slugs and snails
Slugs and snails can decimate your garden with their voracious appetite! Deter the damage by spraying them directly with a mixture of vinegar and water. 

10. Keep animals away from the garden
If you suffer from unwanted nightly visitors such as raccoons, rabbits, or even the neighbor’s dogs and cats, keep them out of your garden by soaking a few rags in distilled vinegar and place them around the perimeter of your garden to keep the pests from getting close. Re-soak every few days or as needed. If, for whatever reason, the vinegar isn’t as immediate or effective as you’d like, you could also upgrade to Yard Enforcer, our motion-activated sprinkler. It’s safe for wildlife and pets, but really effective at dissuading animals from entering. And Yard Enforcer provides 24-hour protection with a unique day and night detection sensor which blasts a stream of water up to 70 feet when triggered.  

 

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