2 Ways Vinegar Can Protect and Boost Your Curb Appeal

Dated: May 14 2021

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2 Ways Vinegar Can Protect and Boost Your Curb Appeal

If you plan to invest in a landscape design to enhance your home’s curb appeal prior to putting it on the market, consider these two ways you can use vinegar to protect your plants against hungry animals and insects, and to help hasten growth.

Keeping Animals and Insects Away

Animals like deer, raccoons, rabbits, and even some snakes, love to feast on flowers and other plants, and deer find flower buds and new growth especially enticing in the spring. 

Since animals dislike the smell of vinegar you can use it to help keep them away from your plants and out of your garden. Simply take old rags, soak them with vinegar, and space them out along the borders of your flower beds and gardens. The pungent odor will act like an invisible fence that repels hungry intruders. When the smell wears off with time, particularly after it rains, you’ll need to re-soak the rags to refresh your defenses. (Be sure to remove the rags before showings of your home).

Insects, like slugs and snails, love to munch on your greenery, too, but vinegar-soaked rags can fend them off as well. A somewhat less friendly solution for slugs and snails is to dissolve them with a spritz of vinegar.

Encouraging Seed Germination 

Did you know that soaking your seeds in a mix of water and vinegar before you plant them can help jumpstart the germination process? To soak your seeds put them in a small bowl, container, or Ziploc bag and add enough water to cover them—without submerging them too much. Next, add one to three tablespoons of vinegar, cover the bowl (or close the Ziploc), and allow the seeds to soak for eight to 12 hours—but no more than 24 hours. The acidity of the vinegar will help soften the hard shells around the seeds and encourage the seedling to sprout when planted.

When planning your landscape design, if you intend to grow some of your plants from seeds be sure to plant them early enough so they have time to make significant progress before your home goes on the market.

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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