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Apr 24, 2017 8:08 AM CST
For years now I've been using vinegar on our pavers that line our driveway to suppress weeds. I would like to know if vinegar causes any problems to waterways/aquatic balance/aquatic life? Our MD property is full of natural springs under the ground , and ends in a culvert across the front at the road, that runs into storm drains that feed into Woodland streams - eventually the Bay.

my other question is about salt. Salt trucks come through here after ice storms. I'm wondering how damaging that is the waterways as well
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 24, 2017 9:27 AM CST
The vinegar is changing the Ph of your soil (making it more acidic). The salt is adding sodium (also an acid) to your soil. You are, over time, changing the Ph (lowering it) in your soil and groundwater.

Salt, by itself, won't destroy concrete or asphalt but the effects of the accelerated freeze/thaw will. That's what causes potholes.
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Name: Sandi
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Apr 24, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Welcome @Lovinchicken. I'm going to guess you live in or around Houston. Not sure about the vinegar. My guess would be that you aren't using enough to harm the balance. The salt is a different problem though. I would think it would eventually find its way to the streams and other waterways. However, if you are the Houston vicinity, I would wager that the Gulf waters make their way into the streams, as well.
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Apr 24, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Lovinchicken is in Maryland.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Apr 24, 2017 11:42 AM CST
There was a Chesapeake Bay watershed agreement signed in 2014. You may want to check the details of that agreement and see if there are any recommendations or comments about your concerns. There's always a flame weeder if the use of vinegar, etc bothers you.
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