How to Use Glacial Acetic Acid to Kill Virginia Creeper


Glacial Acetic Acid is one of the main elements of vinegar that comes with a distinctive sour taste and pungent smell. It is also known as household vinegar. The word “glacial” is used currently in replace of the original word of pure acetic acid that can be found in its liquid or solid state. The Glacial Acetic Acid is a common item to be used around your house and apart from that, it is also being used as a weed killer. However, you must remember that if you applied for the reason of invasive weeds like Virginia Creeper, you will find that at the same time it will be effective in killing both the stems and the above ground foliage. If you repeatedly applied the applications, you will find that it will also kill of the root system.

To use glacial acetic acid to kill Virginia creeper, you need:

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Tarps
  • Safety glasses (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)

Using Glacial Acetic Acid

How to Use Glacial Acetic Acid to Kill Virginia Creeper

  • The first thing that you need to do is to
    • Look for a hand-held spray bottle so that you would be able to fill the bottle with standard household vinegar. This is because household vinegars consist of at least 5 percent of the acetic acid.
    • Besides that, you can also purchase vinegar with higher concentrations from your local hardware stores which can also be used for killing Virgina Creeper.
  • Once you have finished doing the above step, spray the vinegar over the area where you find the Virgina Creeper started to grow.
    • Make sure before you spray them, you must cover any of the surrounding plants or shrubs using a tarp in order to protect them from being sprayed with the vinegar.
  • You must spray the vinegar solution on the leaves and stem of the Virginia Creeper until you find that every surface is wet and covered with the solution and started to drip off onto the ground.

The Virginia Creeper can also emerge from ground. Therefore, you need to trace them and when you find it, you have to open the spray bottle and pour the vinegar solution onto the soil. Make sure you spray it as close as possible to the stem.

  • Once you have finished doing the above steps, you should monitor the area each day
    • This is to see whether there are any signs of new growth of Vinegar Creepers from the ground.
    • If you detect any green shoots, all you need to do is to pour an additional one to two cups of the vinegar solutions onto the affected area.

    Always remember that whenever you want to use glacial acetic acid to kill Virginia creeper,

    • Make sure that whenever you use more than 5 percent of the acid, you should be wearing safety glasses and gloves in order to avoid skin burns.
    • If you use glacial acetic acid, it would definitely sterilize your soil for at least a year or two years meaning that there will be no other plants or grass growing within the area.

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