We all know vinegar is good for us, delicious and good for cleaning, but did you know you can use it in a bunch of ways outside as well? Here are 6 of our favorite uses for vinegar in the garden.
Pest & Pet Control
Vinegar is awesome for keeping some of your garden pests and friendly pets out of the plants. No one loves the small of vinegar, and the smaller the pest, the less they’re going to love it. Use it to control ants by spraying it undiluted on ant hills and other areas without plants directly in the way (do not spray plants with undiluted vinegar!) You can also soak a rag or a sponge in vinegar and leave it in areas where you want to keep the animals away. The smell will make it just not worth their while.
Reduce Brown Spots from Pets
We all know what happens when the dog pees on the grass enough – brown spots. Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural PH neutralizer. It will make your dog’s pee less likely to burn your grass when they go. To take advantage of this? Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl. It won’t hurt them at all, but it will save your grass!
Remove Rust from Garden Tools
Undiluted vinegar is also great for your rust problems! You can simply spray it on them, or if the rust is bad, you just let your tools (and rusty things) soak in it for a while. The rust will wipe right off. Make sure to wash the items down once they’re rust free – no one needs their garage smelling like fish and chips!
Kill Outdoor Mold
Apple Cider Vinegar especially is good to kill all kinds of mold and fungus. Because it’s a PH neutralizer and a disinfectant, it not only kills it, but it makes an environment that is totally uninhabitable for future mold flare-ups. You can use this on any type of mold, but it’s especially good to spray on pots and planters before use and then rinse off. It will reduce the likely hood of a fungal infection for the plants as they grow.
If your plants have been overtaken by a fungus, you don’t have to reach for the chemicals just yet. Mixing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of chamomile tea into a gallon of water will get the job done. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the leaves with the fungus.
Feed Acid Loving Plants
Some plants love acidic soil. If your acid loving plants don’t seem to be doing so well, you can add a teaspoon of vinegar to your watering can and pour it into the soil. It will make a better environment for your acid loving plants to live in (coffee and tea will work for this too!)