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Old 09-10-2014, 09:14 PM   #31
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I just checked into this thread and realized I went WAAAAY too far into it when I found Suunto chiming in.
When I saw you mentioning Suunto, I thought you were responding to something from way back when...but then I saw this:

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Couldn't you just pour vinegar onto that thang you're still a yanking at there Dapjwy? That's a kind of a natural route to finish off something isn't it?
...but I'm not sure what you are referring to. If vinegar were enough to kill off the mugwort, crown vetch, and Japanese knotweed, my life would be a lot easier...but I find it hard to believe that would kill these things off. (I'm assuming that is what I must've been complaining about smothering.)
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:54 PM   #32
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I believe dap that havalotta is referring to your knotweed that you can't seem to eliminate.
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My neighbor had 2 large stumps ground. That resulted in my windfall of 4 pickup truck loads of mulch! Oh happy day! I have never mulched anything here in over 15 years. After going through an extremely dry summer and constantly having to water I really appreciate all the mulch.
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...but I'm not sure what you are referring to. If vinegar were enough to kill off the mugwort, crown vetch, and Japanese knotweed, my life would be a lot easier...but I find it hard to believe that would kill these things off. (I'm assuming that is what I must've been complaining about smothering.)
Vinegar can act as a herbicide with similar effectiveness. Knotweed is resistant to most herbicides, and is most effective applying herbicide into the roots through the base of the stalks.

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Old 09-14-2014, 05:08 PM   #35
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Vinegar can act as a herbicide with similar effectiveness. Knotweed is resistant to most herbicides, and is most effective applying herbicide into the roots through the base of the stalks.

Senior Science Project: How to kill Japanese Knotweed
Thanks, rockerBOO.

I understood that vinegar could act as an herbicide...but I didn't remember what I had been writing about earlier. I know I was talking about smothering grass...and I figured I had mentioned some of the stubborn invasive species I've been battling. I just didn't think vinegar would be enough to stand up against the most stubborn things. I've actually never tried vinegar as a weedkiller. I'm assuming that the acidity doesn't stay in the soil for long, am I right?

I really appreciate the link. I do need to learn the most effective way to kill off the knotweed.
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Sorry about that Dapjwy. I sometimes forget you read the incomming diferently that I and assume you're following along right under the posts as they arrive. I enjoyed viewing the comparisons Rockerboo sent Senior Science Project: How to kill Japanese Knotweed Appears I was on the right track .
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Thanks, rockerBOO.

I understood that vinegar could act as an herbicide...but I didn't remember what I had been writing about earlier. I know I was talking about smothering grass...and I figured I had mentioned some of the stubborn invasive species I've been battling. I just didn't think vinegar would be enough to stand up against the most stubborn things. I've actually never tried vinegar as a weedkiller. I'm assuming that the acidity doesn't stay in the soil for long, am I right?

I really appreciate the link. I do need to learn the most effective way to kill off the knotweed.
I've had some success with vinegar. Used in on Queen Anne's Lace and a couple of others. It seemed to work best in areas that get a lot of sunshine - not so well in the shade. It also seemed to work better with a drop or two of dishsoap added to help it "stick" to leaves.

Thankfully, I haven't noticed any knotweed here! Found a couple of common buckthorn babies last week, though. I live close to a park that is full of the stuff so I guess the birds are bringing my gifts. Easy to spot right now, it's about the only plant still green at this time of year.
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I've had some success with vinegar. Used in on Queen Anne's Lace and a couple of others. It seemed to work best in areas that get a lot of sunshine - not so well in the shade. It also seemed to work better with a drop or two of dishsoap added to help it "stick" to leaves.
After reading about it here, I found more info about it somewhere else. The idea excites me. Originally, I thought the vinegar was put in the soil--not something that I wanted to do...now I understand it is put on the leaves.

I have to learn more and try it out.
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While you still have the evil knotweed, here's a use for it. I love this guy's cleverness.
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I have used vinegar to kill weeds also. Apply to the entire plant on a sunny day. You may have to reapply several times.
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