Removing unwanted bushes can be hassle, especially if you are short on time and energy. While pulling the pesky plants up yourself or hiring a professional is always an option, a more efficient, cost-effective method can be used: a salt and vinegar solution. Salt and vinegar can be combined to create a quick and easy plant killer, which will effectively dehydrate and destroy any undesired bushes in your yard.
1 Mix 1 pound of salt with 1 gallon of 5 percent acetic acid white vinegar. Vinegar naturally consists of approximately 95 percent water and 5 percent acetic acid, which is an acid found in all living organisms. Acetic acid is effective as an herbicide, since the acidity damages and dries out leaves.
2 Stir until the salt dissolves.
3 Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid soap into the solution. The soap will act as a surfactant, which lowers the surface tension of a liquid, thereby increasing the contact between the solution and the bush's leaves.
4 Pour the solution into a spray bottle for easy application and wide coverage.
5 Spray the foliage of the undesired bushes thoroughly until they are soaked. Vinegar is fast-acting; the acetic acid will quickly damage and dry out leaves. In addition, salt will decrease the available water and cause the bushes stress.
6 Repeat the process once per day for three days, or until you see the leaves begin to brown.
Items you will need
- White vinegar
- 1 pound salt
- Liquid spray bottle
- Wear protective gloves when handling the salt and vinegar solution.
- For best results, use heated vinegar once a day for three days. The vinegar can be heated in your microwave at 10-second intervals until warm.
- Keep solution away from eyes and face; it can cause burning and irritation.
- Do not use on concrete; the solution will corrode the area.
- Keep away from desired vegetation to avoid accidental plant death.
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