horticultural vinegar?

Discussion in 'Plants with Spores (Ferns, Mosses, et al.)' started by saraheco, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. saraheco

    saraheco New Member

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    Port Coquitlam with horsetails out of control problem. Does anyone know where to buy horticultural vinegar (20%)?
     
  2. Lysichiton

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    The usual formulations round here are the 10% cleaning or 7% pickling vinegar. I used to buy 4 litre containers of 10% vinegar in the supermarket. Now they have tripled the price and you can only get it in some garden centres. If anyone can tell me where to get it at a reasonable price, I would be grateful.

    Just using vinegar on your Equisetum will probably not be an effective method of control. Vinegar is a contact herbicide & will just burn the parts to which it is applied. The persistent, deep underground rhizomes will be unaffected and just push-up new shoots to bug you. Is this a new house, or has there been soil disturbance recently?

    Repeated control of the tops plus soil cultivation, improvement of drainage, generally raising the fertility of the area (compost/mulch/manure) and adding more plants of your choice will get rid of the stuff over the the period of a few years.
     
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    The horsetails are taking over a wood-chipped riding ring.

    Amazing how many different brands of vinegar there are!
    Below are some I have come across ...

    Distilled White Vinegar 1L (made from grain & water)
    White wine vinegar
    Pickling vinegar
    Rice vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar
    Pure white vinegar (obtained from the acetous fermentation of distilled grain-derived ethanol and diluted with spring natural water.)
    Apple cider vinegar

    The question, which one is best for the farewell to horsetails? Which brands are 10% vinegar & where to buy in the lower mainland?
    Also, what's the best way to apply and when?
    Thanks for any help with this ....
     
  4. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Saraheco, As Lysichiton said vinegar probably won't work. Years ago when I lived on Lopez Island the birds (@#$%^&) decided I needed horse tail. It showed up in an open area near my pond. I had ducks, they loved eating the new sprouts as soon as the showed. No more horse tail! You probably don't have ducks but a weed eater used very frequently during the early part of their growth and all yr. will probably do about the same thing. This is nothing scientific just my experience. barb
     
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    Thank you Barbara ... there are ducks that land on the acreage in winter when the land floods but move on during the summer (when the horsetails visit ) If anyone has a few ducks that I could borrow for a week to indulge in horsetails pls let me know. Personally, I like the idea of 'natural preditors' best but don't know that the horsetails have one ... any other animal/bird enjoy a meal of horsetails that anyone knows of? Horses don't particularly care for eating them. Maybe goats? Slugs?
     

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