Every so often I come across an article that explains something so much better than I ever could. This is one of those times.
Tsu Dho Nimh writes a blog called Lazy Gardening SMACKDOWN. Back in 2013, he tackled the viral advice about making your own herbicide out of vinegar, detergent, and some other ingredients. I’ve been meaning to cover this topic, because this homemade “herbicide” doesn’t work. But then I saw Nimh’s article, and realized that he did a much more thorough job of explaining it all.
Nimh compared the vinegar concoction with generic glyphosate Not only did he test the efficacy of each herbicide, he also commented extensively on the rather significant dangers of highly concentrated acetic acid (vinegar). He compared the estimated costs of using each for controlling weeds over a growing season.
He even did his own research, spraying one patch of his worst weeds with the homemade vinegar brew, and spraying another patch with generic glyphosate. The photos speak for themselves.
I’m going to send you on over to Lazy Gardening SMACKDOWN while I take a moment to run outside and cover my lettuce before the hail hits. Again.