In this home we are gardeners. I spend my spring and summer in my flower beds and my husband spends his time in the fruit and vegetable garden out back. Our kids love to garden with us and the dogs are always running through the yard so we are always on the look out for child-friendly fertilizers and herbicides. When I saw this pin that promised that I could just spray plain vinegar instead of round-up I knew that it had to be tested. How awesome would it be if it worked? Cheaper, safe for the kids and dogs, it would be perfect!
I decided to start out by testing it along my back walkway. Our home is 98 years-old so the garage is not attached to the house. We have this great flagstone walkway that goes from the back door to the carriage garage and between the stones we always have weeds pop up. I decided that to make an equal comparison I would spray half of the walk way with round-up and the other half with vinegar. That should provide a good side by side comparison.
I sprayed it on in the afternoon and let it sit for 24 hours. You can see a bit of the chemical staining from the round-up there on the left and the vinegar on the right left no residue.
And the results:
As you can clearly see, the Round-up was MUCH more effective. I decided that maybe I should try spraying them with vinegar again, because even with 2 coats it would be a much better option than Round-up. So I sprayed them again and waited.
I’m SO disappointed, I can’t possibly express to you how much I wanted this to work. The vinegar did not kill my weeks, it browned spots on the leaves, but none of the weeds died, not even a week later. They just continued to grow and grow. I found another variation of this idea here which added salt and dawn dish soap to the vinegar. I’ll be testing that method this week and I hope that this pin will have some better results.