12 Amazing Vinegar Uses in the Garden

By FredrickHobbs

1. Clean Clay Pots

Clay pots help keep the soil cool inside the pot in the summer, prevents water from being trapped and their warm reddish color provide attractive look too. However, as they age, they absorb calcium, minerals, and salts from water and fertilizers all making them look ugly. If you want to bring them to their original glory– Use vinegar. Here is how to clean them with vinegar.

2. Remove weeds on walls and walkway

Using vinegar is a great way to eliminate weeds that pop up on the walls of your garden or from the crevices of the walkway. To kill them, simply spray the place with pure white vinegar.

3. Get rid of ants

Vinegar is very effective in getting rid of ants. To repel ants, mix equal amounts of water and vinegar (either white or apple cider) and spray the solution on the ant hills in your garden. In the home, look out for ant’s entry paths, counter tops, sink, and windows. The strong scent of vinegar will make the ants avoid the places sprayed with vinegar.

4. Keep away animals from garden

Many animals including common garden destroyers like rodents, moles, cats, dogs, rabbits, and deer loathe the strong scent of vinegar. You can keep out these unwanted visitors from the garden by soaking several old clothes in white vinegar and placing them on stakes around your garden where they usually come most.

Resoak the clothes about every 6-7 days regularly for better results.

5. Extend the life of cut flowers

You can use vinegar to extend the life of cut flowers: Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar per liter of water.

6. Kill Weeds

7. Vinegar garden insect spray

Vinegar is an effective solution for eliminating garden insects. To create a vinegar spray that works on garden insects, combine three parts water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle and add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Shake the spray bottle to mix the contents thoroughly before use in the garden. Here is more on it.

8. Deter fruit flies

Save your fruit crops from the fruit flies, make a bait using vinegar. For this, you’ll need a cup of water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of molasses. Mix it all together and put that solution in an empty container or tin can and hang it on affected fruit tree you’ll see how it will attract and trap them. The similar solution can be used for houseflies too.

9. Make acid-loving plants happy

Keep the acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, gardenias or azaleas happy with vinegar. Although its effect is temporary, but you can give a quick acid boost to plants with vinegar. Mix cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and water you acid loving plants with this solution.

10. Clean rust from garden tools

Vinegar can be used to make the garden tools rust free. Just spray or soak the tools in undiluted vinegar and leave them for a few minutes and then rinse and clean the tool.

You can also clean the birdbaths and birdhouses in your garden from vinegar!

11. Save plants from fungus

You can protect the plants suffering from fungus and mold; the vinegar fungicide recipe is simple and easy– Add 2 tsp of vinegar in brewed chamomile tea and spray this on the affected plants in your garden. It’s safe and organic!

12. Kill slugs and snails

Of many uses of vinegar, this one is getting popular among gardeners. You can kill snails and slugs with the help of vinegar. eHow has an informative article on this.