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Round-up or what?

02 May 2015 15:02:33

May 2 2015

Well, our gardener came this week and the big job was to restore order, which he did.  Franco, as you might be able to guess, is from Italy.  I've never known anyone to do so much work so quickly.   Borders were trimmed and edged, beds cleared, wilder areas strimmed until the whole thing was once again looking peaceful and tidy.  An orderly garden is very relaxing to sit in, though I don't like it over-preened and pruned. 

Anyway, we explained to Franco that we'd like to use a non-toxic treatment of some kind to kill the weeds and grass that are threatening to take over the gravel drive.  From the photograph below you'll see the situation is pretty bad, though not all as bad as what you can see there. That's the worst bit, honest.  Having consulted friends on facebook, I was assured that either a salt-water or vinegar and water solution would do the trick - possibly needing two or three applications.  Franco scoffed at these suggestions when I mentioned them - and wasn't remotely concerned about the alleged cancer-causing properties of the infamous Roundup.   We ran out of time and left it that he'd come back next week during which time I'd make my mind up about what to use.

To my immense surprise, he'd been and done the job while we were out the very next day.   Hmmmm.  Only it's been raining for two days solid ever since so I'm wondering if we may yet have to start all over again.  Next time, I'm going to have to be sure to get in first with either the salt or the vinegar.  Possibly both?

fran m fran m 02 May 2015 20:09:08

Miriam, firstly welcome to the site.

You will need tons of salt and vinegar to deal with weeds like that. I have heard of salt been used, but never vinegar, salt will kill the leaves off, but will do nothing to the roots and back comes the weeds happier than ever.

If the Roundup was on the weeds for 6/8 hours prior to the rain starting you should be fine. Roundup kills from the roots up and can take 7/10 days to show any effects.

Best of luck.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 02 May 2015 20:20:40

Welcome to the site , you will enjoy it here I am sure. Are you on the Garden trail?

I have to use Round up there are so many weeds in the area.  I never heard of vinegar but you could always try it on a few weeds.


accsean accsean 02 May 2015 20:32:21

Hello Miriam, welcome as well from me.

JoanG JoanG 02 May 2015 20:33:55

Welcome to the site Miriam and hope you enjoy it here.  Lots of helpful and friendly folk willing to share ideas, experiences and advice.  I hope you get the weeds sorted.

andyf7 andyf7 02 May 2015 23:20:57

Welcome to garden.ie and i would not hesitate to use roundup, the only other effective treatment is weeding by hoe, not an easy task. good luck with it. 


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