If you want to get rid of weeds between paving stones without using environmentally harmful herbicides, plain vinegar is the best choice. There are many opinions on the effectiveness of vinegar in fighting weeds, and everyone is different. Therefore, it’s worth finding out exactly how to use vinegar on weeds and what the recommended ratios are in which vinegar sprays are actually effective.
Is it worth using vinegar on weeds?
Weeds in paved surfaces can occur regardless of the method of paving. Unwanted vegetation easily grows into the joints between pavers. It is then very difficult to remove. But plain vinegar can help you do this without having to use chemicals and worry about poisoning nearby plants or your pets.
Veed can be used to remove weeds on sidewalks, paths, driveways and paved patios. It is equally great for weed control on the gravel strip around your home. However, you must remember that it is a non-selective product and therefore cannot get on crops that it would otherwise also destroy. However, its acidic effect is short-lived, so it won’t over-acidify the soil either.
How to do it?
The cheapest alcohol vinegar with a concentration of 10 to 20% can be used to make the spray. Young and green weeds can be sprayed with 10% vinegar. For older weeds it is preferable to use a product with a higher concentration of vinegar. The procedure itself is very simple. All you will need is a spray bottle, vinegar and water. For effective weed removal, use:
- a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water (e.g. half a litre of water to a litre of vinegar),
- remember to pour the vinegar into the water (never the other way around),
- for older and heavy weeds, you can use vinegar without dilution.
Spray on a windless, sunny, dry day. When the air temperature is above 15°C, this will increase the acidity effect and make it easier to get rid of the overgrowth you don’t want on your path, walkway or patio. Try this trick and see for yourself how happy you will be.