Following on from my recent patio post, I have a bit of an update on my tussocks! These are the stubborn clumps of ridiculously strong-rooted grasses that have taken up residence on my patio and are wreaking havoc on my joints as I attempt to yank them out of the ground ..... so far to no avail.
Because I don't want to use pesticides or weed killers, and using the patio knife to hack them into oblivion wasn't proving very successful, I had a look online to see if I could find alternative ways of killing the little buggers. There are loads of sites, with various methods, but, short of using a flame thrower, the general consensus seems to be either vinegar or salt or a combination of the two. So, this evening, armed with a bottle of apple cider vinegar, which was all I had in the cupboard, I marched out to the garden in my pyjamas and I sloshed it liberally over one of the tussocks. My patio now smells like the local chippy! It made the dog sneeze when he sprinted over to have a whiff of the new and very pungent odour in the garden and my extremely nice, very normal and relatively new neighbours came home just at the wrong time and caught me mid-slosh. They are obviously very well mannered people because they just smiled politely and scuttled off indoors. I fear I might be getting a reputation for being slightly eccentric but, if it works, it will be well worth the pong and will hopefully save me an awful lot of hard work :-)