Love My Vinegar!!: flower damage

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Love My Vinegar!!

By bloominholes2fill
June 22, 2017

The majority of us are well aware that distilled white vinegar has more uses than we can fathom, right? After all, there are plenty of books written on the subject. Well, in the summer of 2011, I discovered a new, brilliant (even if I do say so myself) use for distilled white vinegar that will save you a little more time for your backyard R&R. So what is my, best-thing-since-sliced-bread-and-insect-screens new use for distilled white vinegar?

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Name: Margy Stinson
Huntington, IN - near Fort Way (Zone 5b)
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Margy
Jul 3, 2017 9:22 AM CST
We have a fountain that drips into a 36 X 36 inch reservoir. It gets nasty - not smelly, but crud collects. My husband thought he'd found the perfect solution when he used vinegar in it. However, the surrounding flowers began to die off from the splash. I think he used regular cider vinegar. Will your distilled white vinegar be OK?
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Jul 3, 2017 3:34 PM CST
Good question since mine gets on plants too.
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bloominholes2fill
Jul 6, 2017 2:19 AM CST
I can't really make that guarantee, but my birdbath is surrounded by perennials, but it is a two piece bath, so I'm able to remove the bowl and dump the old water in the yard. All I can say is that there's nothing to lose in trying DWV, since the apple cider vinegar has already done the damage, but that's totally your call...Sorry I couldn't be of much help..... Glare
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Jul 6, 2017 6:16 AM CST
My top doesn't come off so I have to spray it out.
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bloominholes2fill
Jul 7, 2017 5:48 PM CST
Yeah, in the situation, with a one piece birdbath, I don't know except perhaps after swishing out the dirty water, IMMEDIATELY spray down the surrounding plantings and soil, thoroughly, to dilute the vinegar? Let me know how it works, if you should so decide to try it, and I'll edit the article one way or another. If not, I completely understand. Group hug

When the birds use it, the vinegar water splashes on my surrounding plantings, and they're no worse for the wear, Ginny, and I don't make an extra effort to spray the plantings off, whatsoever. Not even when I change out the water! nodding That's just too much work! Whistling ...Keep in mind, it is a VERY diluted solution though, too... Smiling
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Jul 7, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Margy said:We have a fountain that drips into a 36 X 36 inch reservoir. It gets nasty - not smelly, but crud collects. My husband thought he'd found the perfect solution when he used vinegar in it. However, the surrounding flowers began to die off from the splash. I think he used regular cider vinegar. Will your distilled white vinegar be OK?


Margy, in addition to my other comment, the vinegar water splashes on my surrounding plants from the birds using the bath, and I don't have a problem with plantings dying off as a result. It is a very diluted solution that I use, too. It's tough to compare because it's apples and oranges in design and size between a fountain vs. birdbath and the amount of splash that is produced, which can realistically run the spectrum, in regards to fountains. Also, your husband might be using a high ratio of vinegar to water? I really can only speak from my experience with birdbaths (without or vs. a fountain). Smiling
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 7, 2017 12:46 PM CST
@Legalily & @Margy had either of you decided to try the vinegar in your birdbaths, this season? Smiling
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 7, 2017 12:55 PM CST
I started but I really need to seal mine since it's limestone and hard to work with. Too heavy to dump it so I've just been trying to keep my head above water for the time being Blinking Blinking I put it in twice and no plant damage so far though.
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 7, 2017 12:56 PM CST
And Dana - I'd be embarrassed to even show you my bird bath right now - the dog thing's it's her water source too Blinking Crying Hilarious!
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 7, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Lol! No worries, Ginny! Group hug
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