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After spraying a mixture of vinegar, salt & dawn can you plant flowers & plants


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  • Probably not. The best way to get rid of weeds where you later want to plant is to pull them by hand.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 20, 2021

    It would depend on how much of the mixture was used, how many weeds, soil content, and rinse conditions after the weed killer was applied. There is really no way to calculate how long to wait.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 20, 2021

    Hello. This DIY solution is meant to be a herbicide killing everything in its path destroying plant material. The vinegar likely could potentially change the soil pH making it unfriendly for future plant growth.


    Hand pulling weeds would always be recommended and garden beds. Another option would be to put cardboard over the weeds to smother and remove the cardboard when replanting is considered.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 20, 2021

    Linda, you are likely not going to get good results. I would plant the floweRs in a pot and place in the spot rather than risk failure in the soil treated with the vinegar mixture. Given enough time.....months/years you may have success.

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Jun 20, 2021

    I use a vinegar and salt mixture for my walkways, pathways, and driveways only because I don't want anything to grow there. It should not be used anywhere where you want to grown things. I hand weed all my garden beds.

  • William William on Jun 20, 2021

    Nope. it changes the PH of the soil for a long time. It kills everything. I've used it on a pebble walk and had no weeds for three seasons.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 20, 2021

    Not a chance, it kills anything in it's spray path. Use it where weeds grow.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 21, 2021

    Hi Linda: Yes you can, but I'd give it about a week or two, or water the area really well and then wait a week. I've done it without a problem. Just be sure you are spraying the plant you want to kill, not the entire area.


    Good luck

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 22, 2021

    You will need to wait a bit for the soil to recover.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 23, 2021

    Wait about 2 weeks

  • Black Hills Rosie Black Hills Rosie on Jun 27, 2021

    Don't plant anything expensive until you've had a soil test.

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