“Dirt Doctor” Explains Why You Should Pour Vinegar Onto Your Garden Plants

Vinegar can be a versatile and beneficial tool for gardening. Here are a few advantages of using vinegar in your garden, as explained by Howard Garrett, AKA the “Dirt Doctor:”

  • Vinegar, particularly white distilled vinegar with a high acetic acid concentration, can be an effective natural herbicide. Spraying vinegar directly on weeds can cause them to wither and die.
  • Vinegar is acidic and can help lower the pH level of soil if it’s too alkaline. Some plants thrive in slightly acidic soil, and adding vinegar in small quantities can help create a more suitable environment for them.


  • Vinegar can act as a deterrent for certain garden pests. Spraying a mixture of vinegar and water around plants can discourage pests like ants, slugs, and snails.
  • Vinegar can be used as a natural cleaner for gardening tools. Soaking tools in a mixture of vinegar and water can help remove dirt, grime, and even rust, extending the lifespan of your tools.
  • Vinegar can aid in nutrient absorption by plants. Mixing a small amount of vinegar with water and using it as a foliar spray or soil drench can help plants absorb essential nutrients more efficiently.

These are incredibly useful tips–hopefully you’ll be able to put them to use in your garden! Watch the video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!

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