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Q.Vinegar To Kill Ivy?

Zone Tidewater OR | Anonymous added on August 8, 2021 | Answered

We keep a patch of blackberries to harvest the fruit. I see this year that ivy has crept in and is getting quite established. I read that vinegar can kill ivy, but wondering what it will do to my berries and the bushes. Maybe I should wait until after the berry season to try the vinegar on the ivy? We are in the coast range of Oregon, centrally located. Any thoughts?

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Answered on August 25, 2021

You are correct in not using it while your other plants are active. In fact, vinegar as an herbicide is not as effective as people tout. It may kill the top growth, but not the roots. And, it will also desiccate any other plants it touches. Better to stick with digging out the weeds.


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