Is Vinegar Harmful to Grass?


Vinegar can be a help and a hindrance to the grass in your yard. Because it can be harmful to grass, care must be taken when using vinegar on lawn weeds. If you have grass in unwanted areas, vinegar is an inexpensive, quick and environmentally friendly way to get rid of it.


  • Vinegar has a high content of acid content, which affects the pH balance of the soil. When the pH balance is changed drastically, whatever is growing in the soil will die or dwindle.


  • Vinegar can be applied to grass or weeds by spray bottle. The vinegar has even stronger effects on hot days. Absent a spray bottle, a couple of tablespoons of vinegar can be poured over the grass to kill it, or the vinegar can the applied directly into the soil. Results should be evident in a couple days; if not, continue applying vinegar. If you intend to plant flowers in the area after the grass dies, get rid of the grass using a method other than vinegar.


  • Because vinegar is safe to humans, it is not dangerous to use in the yard. Other chemical pesticides can have numerous side effects on humans or pets.

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