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Not offended Edd, however as Steve points out household bleach is not as simple as it sounds, not many things are.

And given a choice between vinegar and bleach I prefer something that I don't mind putting on my chips!

I am sure that soil microorganisms are not too fond of vinegar either, however we are talking small doses directed mainly to the foliage of the weed so I expect the balance is not affected.

 

 

 

Any thoughts about just plain old boiling water for getting rid of path weeds? I tried it last year and it seemed to work. I'm not aware that I am doing any harm to anything else (but stand to be corrected of course!)

Steve 309

It'll cool down pretty quickly on contact with the cold, cold clay but will kill anything it comes into contact with before that.  Well, anything little anyway.  But at least there are no side effects.

(Good grief! It took me four goes to type 'side' correctly!)

Have you been on the dandelions vodka, steve?

If you grow rhubarb or have access to a local market that sells it use the leaves only and add to plain old rainwater to create a 'Soup' which you can mix half and half (Stronger if that doesn't work) it will get rid of weeds and bugs but not slugs and snails if it doesn't work use less water it won't harm anything its not mean't to but don't use it on your rhubarb I think I remember it will die the same as any other plant. The toxins are for its own protection while in its own system

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Another little job for tomorrow best get to bed!

Japanese Knotweed is from the rhubarb family, I wonder if that would also work?

I will give it a go - a great use for the stuff & we have no shortage here!

P.S. Just as a matter of interested knotweed tastes just like rhubarb and you can harvest the young shoots as they come up, once over 8-9" they become tough so you do need to harvest young.

LesleyK

I have been shopping this morning and have stocked up on vinegar.  I just have to wait for a weather forecast which gives more than 24 hours without rain.  Could be waiting a while here in Scotland (near Livingston). 

Does anyone think that vinegar would work on mare's tail which will be erupting soon? 

 

Supernoodle
Briggsy wrote (see)

Japanese Knotweed is from the rhubarb family, I wonder if that would also work?

I will give it a go - a great use for the stuff & we have no shortage here!

P.S. Just as a matter of interested knotweed tastes just like rhubarb and you can harvest the young shoots as they come up, once over 8-9" they become tough so you do need to harvest young.

I'd be too terrified to eat Japanese Knotweed.  All that talk about it growing through concrete, coming through walls of new build houses - I'd be scared it'd grow inside me!!

 

Supernoodle

Sorry I've made a mess of the quoting.  The last sentence above is me not Briggsy!

break23 wrote (see)

At the weekend I experimented with both malt vinegar and salt on all the dandelions and weeds growing between the paving slabs.  Have just been out to check and those treated with vinegar are definitely dying down but not yet the ones treated with salt.  Last year I  put salt on oxydalis (spelling?) growing in the cracks and it did work and hasn't reappeared.  Still have lots of weeds in cracks so, Lancashire Lass, am going to experiment with boiling water next time.

Good luck with the boiling water and let us know what happens. I have a bird table planted into gravel and the seeds all plant themselves around it. I used Path Clear on them last year and it worked - but it's expensive. I am going to throw boiling water on them this afternoon.

Gardenmaiden

I might give it a go with malt vinegar though I don't know what my other half will say when he needs some for his chips.

kimmy b from england

I hate DANDELIONS and I would not waste one drop of vodka on them so they can start dancing  around my garden .......cause that is what would happen.... he he.......I tried everything in the cupboard, they just wonder what im coming to pour over them next ......my mission in ongoing.....don't even try to set em on fire with one of them  Bunsen burner effergys, they come back and they bring their mates with them......

Lesley K

The vinegar worked really well on horsetail in the cracks between paving, I was quite surprised, however I have not tried it on large established patches which will probably be more robust.

I am in fact just off now to remove the horsetail spore heads from my poly-tunnel - and so it begins again!

LesleyK

Cheers Briggsy.  You have given me some hope. Incidentally why is it sometimes called horsetail and others  marestail?   I'm guessing it's regional but I have moved about.

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