10 Surprising Ways to Use Vinegar in the Garden

Did you know that the standard vinegar you use in the kitchen every day has many uses in the garden as well?

In fact, it’s a much better alternative than the commercial fertilizers and chemicals packed with toxins which can harm both, the environment and people. Plus, it’s cheaper and beneficial for your garden.

Here are the best uses of vinegar for your garden you might be surprised to hear.

1. Deters Cats & Pests

Spray some white vinegar on places where you expect to see moles, rabbits, rodents, and even cats and dogs to keep them away from your garden and home. That’s because they hate the smell of this ingredient.

As an alternative, place some old clothes soaked in vinegar on stakes around the garden. Don’t forget to pour more vinegar after rain.

2. Removes Ants

Spray this natural insecticide in areas you usually see ants and they will be gone for good. You just have to repeat this procedure after several days.

3. Eliminates Weeds

This common kitchen ingredient can even get rid of the stubborn weeds on the walls and walkways in your garden. So, you’ll have a neat garden without spending much money and time.

4. Prolongs the Life of Cut Flowers

If you keep your cut flowers in a vase with water and a teaspoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar you will extend their life significantly.

That’s because they will get the proper “food” they need, but you just have to change the water every three to five days.

5. Repels Garden Insects

Pour water and vinegar into a spray bottle in 3:1 ratio. Then, add one teaspoon of dishwashing agent and shake well. Spray the solution around your entire garden to repel various insects.

6. Removes Fruit Flies

Pour a cup of water, a quarter cup of sugar, ½ a cup of apple cider vinegar, and a tablespoon of molasses in a container and hang it on your tree. In this way, the solution will attract fruit flies which will fall and stay trapped in it.

This method will save your fruits. You can do the same thing for household flies.

7. Refreshes Plants That Grow in Acidic Soil

Water your acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, gardenias, and azaleas, with a water-vinegar solution. Add a cup of vinegar in a gallon of water and stir well. Besides refreshing your plant, this solution will also help them grow faster.

8. Cleans Rust from Garden Tools

Dip your garden tools in undiluted vinegar for a few minutes, or spray them with vinegar to remove any rust. After that, just wash them.

9. Kills Slugs and Snails

White vinegar is a popular “anti-snail” agent that will keep your garden free of slugs and snails.

10. Fights Fungus

Fungus or mold can leave your plant’s stems and leaves with dark spots, as well as slow down their growing process.

To prevent and solve this problem, spray them with some chamomile tea mixed with 2 teaspoons of vinegar. Your plants will become vivid and bigger in no time.

To fight fungus in roses, spray them with 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in 4 liters of water.