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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:00 am 
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I am looking at using a vinegar weed killing solution on about 3 acres of ground. The weeds of concern are sting nettle, bind weed, poison oak and water grass. I will plan orchard grass in the spring. First question is will this solution kill the weeds metioned I have heard bind weed will be an issue as this does not go to the roots. And the second question is with the mix of 1 gallon of 10% vinegar to 2 oz of orange oil does that get mixed with water or is that the ratio. This will be sprayed with both a hand sprayer around ornamentals and a 4 wheeler boom spray for large areas. This is my first time on this forum thanks for any help.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:23 pm 
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Hello Craig, I can tell you that poison ivy (and I'll assume poison oak) will laugh at whatever dilution ratio of vinegar/orange oil/soap you choose. Physical removal is about the only way to control, and even that must be kept up with as it can return each season. I have even cut it back to the root and then shoved a coffee can on top of the root into the ground and had it come back. Suffice it to say it is a tough native species.

Can't say much about stinging nettle as I haven't fought that battle before.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:50 pm 
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I agree, physical removal of poison ivy is about the only way to get rid of it. But depending on where you're from, I might be able to answer about stinging nettle. I grew up in the Western Washington area and brushed up against stinging nettle more times than I can count. That variety of the plant dies back every year and the leaves are more vulnerable to the vinegar/orange oil weed killer mix. I think you should give that one a try.

Look at the recipe here: http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Weed-Control-Natural-Way_vq62.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:03 pm 
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I belong to a mnt. bike club and we repair trails in a local park and we use 20% vineagar to kill the poison ivy that gets out of hand on the trails and it works for us.I use John Dromgouls(?) verison,it seems to work for us. :?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:53 pm 
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You're probably killing some of the leaves but not killing the entire plant. 20% is pretty strong, so I hope you're not getting it on yourself when you use it!

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