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Weeds

PostPosted: 25 Jun 2015, 18:24
by organic chick
OK fellow allotmenteers and gardeners,

My knee is giving severe jip and weeding is now an issue. :roll: Although we grow all our crops organically i think the time has come to consider an effective but as kind as possible spray to our many paths. What does everyone recommend?

Re: Weeds

PostPosted: 25 Jun 2015, 20:56
by Fast Farmer
Weeds have occupied my entire day today.........spot spraying docs in a field......pack on back........... dressed like a Tellytubby :roll:

The best for killing just about everything (which is needed in your case) including the roots is Roundup, 5lts ready to spray will cost around £6 ish from a garden centre. "Noises" have been made in the World Health Organisation recently regarding the product so don marigolds and follow the guidelines. You'll find there are a number of makes of weedkillers that contain the same active ingredient as in Roundup which is Glyphosate.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... lyphosate-

Re: Weeds

PostPosted: 30 Jun 2015, 07:06
by Henwife
A backpack sprayer is worth every penny of its cost - around £30. It's chepaer to buy Roundup to dilute rather than the pre-mix - and the stuff in a trigger spray bottle is hell on he hands. If you buy Glyphosate as glyposate, check the dilution rates carefully - I have found it cheaper to use roundup than the much cheaper own brand glyphosate. Apart from wearing wellies because I invariably walk in treated areas, I take no other precautions. Of course, if you can get the professional strength stuff, additional precautions might be necessary - probably a space suit which will kill you from heat exhaustion!

Re: Weeds

PostPosted: 01 Jul 2015, 16:12
by drfish
I had the pro stuff once to completely kill the back garden, grass, weeds, ivy, the lot. Did a sterling job, but I suited and booted to do it, and kept the animals and kids well away until about 2 weeks after. Turf then laid fantastically well on it and established within a few weeks. But as said, it's proper nasty stuff, so be wary and use precaution.

Re: Weeds

PostPosted: 19 Jul 2015, 00:35
by Fast Farmer
And.............Organic Chick ?