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mrsnesbitt



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 1:56 pm    Post subject: Weedkiller v, Rain!  Reply with quote    

I am desperate to get rid of a weedy patch in the paddock.
However I have been hanging around for days now waiting for the rain to stop.......well it hasn't yet and more id forecast.
Meanwhile the weeds are now about 3 foot high!

Any suggestions?
Dx

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 5349
Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

buy a goat sorry

could you cut them down with shears for now and treat them properly when the rain stops?

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
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Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sythe, its effective and gratifying in a BIG WAY

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OK, will do the above, then what?

Roundup?

Dx

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
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Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As 2steps says, cut them down for now - strim, shear, scythe, tear (at least you can compost the cuttings, unlike weedkillered stuff ) - then attack with the weedkiller when they've grown back a bit and the rain has let up.

Or just dowse with weedkiller next time it dries out a bit and keep your fingers crossed . With so much growth there will be plenty of leaf surface to take up the killer spray.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Big flame gun from the local hire shop. All done in an hour and much more fun.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It's the smell of victory!

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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Big flame gun from the local hire shop. All done in an hour and much more fun.



but it's wet!

mrutty



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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 06 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hence yes the flame gun. The big ones will work even if it was snowing

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm going to go against the advice to cut back and then apply weedkiller. If you're using glyphosate then you want lots of leaf surface area, its more effective that way isn't it?

mrutty



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's best on young strong growth so a cut back and wait would work.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Quote:
glyphosate


What is it Cab? Roundup?
We are surrounded by farmers, would they have anything?
D

mrutty



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes it's roundup. No the farms shouldn't let you have theirs as it's deemed unsuitable for us peasents. We can't be trusted with real weedkiller.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrsnesbitt wrote:
Quote:
glyphosate


What is it Cab? Roundup?
We are surrounded by farmers, would they have anything?
D


Oops, sorry, glyphosate is the more generic name, Roundup is the main brand of it owned by Monsanto. Comes in various forms, its one of the more successful and generally safe (if used correctly). Naturally, like any chemical, there are risks associated with using it incorrectly.

Gets into the plant through the leaves, then it goes right through it. So if you cut the leaves back, the plant is less vulnerable. Of course some plants are best killed by hacking the top off and pouring the chemical down the stem (Japanese knotweed springs to mind), but generally you want a dry day and some leaf.

Rob R



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Location: York
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What weeds are we talking about specifically?

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