Salting the Earth? Isn’t this what evil people in, like, the bible did?
I read over on the Brick House that Morgan, in a desperate attempt to rid a huge gravel driveway of weeds, salted and vinegar-d the whole thing — to great (at least initial) success. You can read all the details of what exactly she did on her website (weedy and weedy, the aftermath)– but the bottom line is she used basic easy materials and creamed lots of weeds.
Can we discuss this?
Seriously, I have so many questions about this….(please, I only claim to be a design expert — and merely a pretty darn good gardener with alot to learn) that I hope some of you can answer.
1) Though I have not yet tried it, I am well aware of the purported green and organic qualities of using vinegar for weed killing. But I thought you had to buy the horticultural grade stuff (i.e. much more concentrated). This is main reason I have not tried it — I just haven’t got around to buying the specialty stuff….so my first questions is, can I really just go to the grocery store?
2) The salt aspect. How much does this really mess up your soil? To what level can you do this and perhaps have the effects dissipate in a few rain showers and to what level will you be regretting it forever? Contrast that with what level works for weed removal.
3) And what about the Salt and the Vinegar mixed. What does that do? Does it make HCl or not — (I’ve read both sides and chemistry is NOT my thing). And if it does make Hydrochloric acid — what does that do to your garden soil?
4) And if you never want anything to grow in a place, how good of an idea it is to go for it regarding the salt and vinegar treatment. Is this something that has other hidden effects (like runoff, groundwater, other ecologically damning side effects?)
There is a huge discussion on the garden web about this….but I am hoping that someone can cut the jabber for me and give me some facts….because I’d actually like to try and use this idea if it’s any good. Anyone?