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    imported_weather

      In the recent edition of Frugal Life, a vegetation killer was provided using vinegar, salt and dish detergent…mainly for poisen ivy/sumac/oak…question…can this tonic be used under trees to kill wild vines, poisen ivy, brush, etc. without hurting the tree itself.  We have rampant growth under 2 fur trees that we need to curtail, and would like to try this tonic, but am afraid it would damage these huge trees…any advise?   :-* Thanks!!

      Val

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      imported_gjfrugal923
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        I recently saw a recipe to kill weeds using 1 gallon of vinegar and 1 cup of salt. Heated then cooled and sprayed on vegatation. I don’t think it mentioned soap and don’t know if it was in Frugal News and can’t find it mentioned on any of the Frugal News web pages. Any suggestions on where to find the original source of this would be appreciated. Date of Frugal News, etc. It isn’t coming up when I search the site.

        #20793
        imported_weather

          It was on their 5/10/03 newsletter – here’s a copy/paste from it…

          FRUGAL HOME / GARDENING

          POISON IVY/OAK/SUMAC IN YOUR YARD?
          INVASIVE PLANTS TAKING OVER?

          Here’s a simple recipe that will kill vegetation without chemicals.  Keep in
          mind that if the poison plant is not in anybody’s way, it’s a great plant
          that feeds birds with its berries.  Angora and Spanish goats love it too. If
          you absolutely must kill it or something else, here’s a non-toxic recipe:

          Place 1 gallon of vinegar in a large pot and add 1 cup of salt.  Heat till
          the salt dissolves.  Cool and add 8 drops of liquid dish detergent.  Put in
          spray bottle or pour on the poison ivy.  This formula is not
          poison-specific.  It will kill any vegetation you pour it on.  Be careful
          where you spray or pour.

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