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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 8:17 am 
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What is the active ingredient in the weed control formula? Is it the constituents of vinegar or the fact that it is acetic acid? Could you use another type of acid, say hydrochloric? This is more of a monetary issue. Where can one buy larger quantities than 1 gallon of the vinegar?


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Acetic acid (vinegar) and citrus acid or citrus oil (citrus orange or lemon juice and/or liquified peelings), can all kill weeds if used in full strength.

You can also kill weeds with several gallons of a strong, undiluted, stinky, anaerobic compost tea! (LOL)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:17 am 
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farmerscott wrote:
Could you use another type of acid, say hydrochloric? This is more of a monetary issue. Where can one buy larger quantities than 1 gallon of the vinegar?


Besides the Natural Way's imperative to use the mildest available inputs, part of the idea behind using acetic acid is that the unevaporated spray remnants feed the sprayed area. If I had to choose a commonly avaliable mineral acid, I probably would choose sulfuric unless the soil has a high sulfur content. I would not use HCl or other halogen acids. If you choose to use mineral acids, be careful with the dilution. Generally speaking, a 10% sulfuric acid is much more dangerous than is a 10% acetic acid solution. As for where to buy larger quantities of vinegar/acetic acid, where are you located?

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