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WHY I BOUGHT IT
I have a fairly low maintenance garden at the rear, no grass just some gravelled areas and block paving leading out to a decked area - but I do suffer from weeds springing up through the gravel and between the paving blocks every now and then. So I decided to try and kill them at source as I had previously been attempting to pull them out, but they simply re-grew as I only managed to snap the leaves off and the root remained - this is where Roundup weed killer came into its own.
WHERE I BOUGHT IT AND PRICE
I bought it from my local B&Q store whilst I was buying some paint due to re-decorating going on at the same time, and I paid around £3.50 for a 1000ml bottle (the one with the spray head on it rather than the pump action), which is good value in my eyes as I didn't have an infestation of weeds, and now I pretty much have none once I have given them a spray of this stuff!
The bottle itself is fairly large, with the usual spray nozzle at the top, but the shape of the bottle allows very easy usage when attacking the weeds. The 1000ml contents do indeed go a long way and I bought mine a few months ago now and it still feels pretty much three-quarters full. There is a warning that the product contains glyphosate which is a pesticide, but other than killing the weed I have seen no effect (discolouring or other) on the block paving or gravel in the areas where I applied the product. The product itself is different from your normal weed killer, which tend to kill of the leaves of the weed only for it to return within a few weeks - Roundup actually kills the root of the weed, so that the whole plant shrivels and dies off not to return again. The process takes 2-3 days from when you spray it so be patient but the proof is in the pudding and my garden is now pretty much weed free.
The bottle states that it should be used between April and November to kill of weeds, and since I have only had it since early spring I can't comment on winter usage, but would suggest it would do just as good a job (that is if the snow or frost of winter doesn't kill of the weeds first). The spray should be directed onto the leaves and the stem of the weed (one or two short sprays per weed is sufficient) and then leave the weed to shrivel and die off - you can then easily pull it out (roots and all) and dispose of it. The product is also child and pet friendly, but I don't have either so can't comment on this piece - though I wouldn't recommend feeding it to anyone as it does have a rather unpleasant, but not too overpowering, odour.
I have been using this product for a few months and, as stated above, my garden is now pretty much weed free - this is the best product I have found for killing the weeds at source, so I give it five out of five.
When we bought our current house it was always with the intention of renovating and extending very quickly. Partway through the foundations being dug, my lovely builder came and said he wanted to show me something and showed me the plants in the front garden. He advised me that I had Japanese knotweed, this meant nothing to me but he was very concerned. My builder advised that if the planning man saw my plants he could stop the build and so I quickly went onto the laptop and soon realised what he was talking about.
This woody weed is extremely fast growing, invasive and smothers everything in its path. It can damage foundations, drain pipes etc as it can quite literally break through concrete. Its distinctly bamboo like stems and leaves made it very clear he was right.
In the UK, it is an offence under section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 to "plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild" any plant listed in Schedule nine, Part II to the Act, which includes Japanese knotweed.
This also means that disposal is also a problem as its an offence to dispose on landfills or council refuge sites.
I quickly realised that we had a big problem and quickly read up as much as possible on this subject.
Getting rid of this can be very costly. Also on MSE (money saving expert website) there are numerous threads about people not being able to get morgages on properties if Japanese Knotweed has been seen on even nearby. As well as building works being stopped or not allowed.
I bought round up but the version was different to the one shown as it specifically states on the side that it kills Japanese knotweed, I can't find it on their website but it was about £15 for a small tin from Asda.
How to Kill...
I then got a refuse sack and cut each stem individually, bagging, then with a needle and syringe I poked a hole in the bamboo stem and injected the round up. I DID NOT dig anything out as apparently this sends them into a growing frenzy. I also did not burn the roots for the same reason. I did each one individually so as not to miss any, this injecting is sucked up by the knotweed and takes it deep into the roots. Once I'd finished I burnt all the stems in a metal bin incinerator, the ashes I double bagged before binning. Any bits of the knotweed can apparently root so real care was taken. I did this in April but the container suggested waiting till around August.
A few months later I had 2 tiny sprouts (I was watching carefully) and I attacked these as before with my needle and syringe, disposing with again with great care). I have had none since and its been nearly 2 years, I have read it can take 5 years to remove completely but I feel confident we are clear.
Having Japanese Knotweed in your garden is very similar to your children having nits, something to get rid of quickly and discretely.
Please note my information was gleaned from many searches at that time as it became "my subject" for a while. I'm awarding 5 DOOYOO stars as it was far easier to get rid of than my searches led me to believe.
Battling weeds is something I do on a regular basis during the spring and summer months and having gardens to the front and back of my house, with one of them being quite large, it isn't easy to keep on top of things.
I have purchased tools such as an electric hedge cutter which makes life a lot easier when tackling the hedges and shrubs, but as far as weeds are concerned it has been the old spade and weeding tools and some hard work, to constantly remove weeds sprouting up in the garden, the patio area and also on the driveway. It is not always easy to get to the root when digging and so not long after removing what is on the surface, the weeds are back again.
A couple of years back I bought a weedkiller spot treatment spray from my local B&Q which promised to get rid of the weeds for good and set about spraying the patio area and some stubborn weeds in the garden. A couple of days later, one or two looked as if they had withered and were possibly dying, but overall I was left less than impressed and felt I had wasted my money.
I was aware of the advertising for Roundup and its promises, but was not really sure about spending money once again only to be left disappointed by a product not living up to its claims.
A friend of mine however, did say this stuff was 'pretty good' and better than what she had used in the past and recommended I give the spot treatment spray a try, stating that it would be easier than using my weeding tool, hoe and spade to rid my patio and driveway of the pesky weeds that kept springing up.
I remained sceptical, but seeing as I had some money left on a B&Q voucher I decided to give it a try.
Roundup have a number of products on the market to kill weeds, but seeing as how it was this Roundup Ready To Use Fast Action Formula that my friend had recommended, I didn't really want to try anything else at this stage.
Roundup Ready To Use Fast Action Formula is a pre-diluted, ready to use glyphosate weedkiller, formulated to kill weeds and roots from a single application. It claims that visible results can be seen in 1-2 days followed by systemic action to kill weeds right down to the roots so they don't come back.
After spraying this product lightly onto any weeds, it starts working to kill most garden weeds and grasses with a single application. On the inside of the weed, the systemic action takes Roundup to all the weed's growing points to kill the weed from the 'inside out'.
It is approved for use all around the garden, on gravel areas, paths, drives etc. It can also be used to clean up weedy areas before planting vegetables, flowers, shrubs as it fully degrades in soil allowing replanting.
Children and pets can play on the treated area once dried and so I made sure I kept my cat indoors and away from the areas I had sprayed until the next day when I knew it would be dry. Of course it is always important to read the information on any product for use in your garden if you have pets.
So did it work?
Well the answer to that I am pleased to say is yes, although it didn't eliminate all the weeds first time around as one or two of the stubborn ones refused to die and remained steadfast and strong. They weren't going down without a fight!
Now whether or not this was down to me maybe not spraying enough, I am unsure, but when I applied a further application, I found that after a couple of days there was progress!
On the smaller weeds however and in particular those pesky ones which spring up inbetween the paving stones and along the edge of the drive and the patio, Roundup worked well and after just one day I could see that this product was indeed killing the weeds.
Roundup Ready To Use Fast Action Formula is a product I found very easy to use with its handy trigger action spray and it can be used from February to November. The trigger also has a child security feature, but to be honest if my children were still small now I wouldn't store any product like this where they could get their hands on it anyway.
I am quite happy to recommend Roundup Ready To Use Fast Action Formula and even though it didn't work first time on some of the larger weeds, a second application helped and overall it was a lot easier than digging. Plus the weeds have not returned thus far which is fantastic. I do still have a problem with weeds springing up elsewhere however and so I will continue to purchase this product, but it does pay to do some price-checking before purchasing. I paid £4.98 for a 1 litre bottle from B&Q, but prices seem to vary for this product from around £3.50 to £7.00 for the same size bottle at various stores and online retailers.
Anyone who has a paved patio will understand how frustrating weeds get. You hack them down and within days a new one has popped up with vengeance. I have a good weeding tool but lately I do not have the time to be getting on my hands and knees and digging them up. I bought a chemical product to do the job for me.
==Price and availability==
This is available garden centres. It is a really popular brand so most people stock it. It costs £7.50 for a litre bottle.
The weedkiller comes in a spray bottle with a nozzle and trigger. This product is safe for children and pets which is good. As it goes on it leaves a foam residue so you know where you have missed. The best way to use the product is to hold it around 30cm from the ground and spray intil wet but you want to avoid the plants dripping as this can run into other areas that you do not want to affect.
The product is absorbed and it travels right to the root so once the leaves die, so do the roots. It can be sued to kill docks, plantains, nettles, thistles, willowherbs, speedwells, grasses for example. It will kill your lawn so be careful where you spray it as it will kill everything in sight.
This is a great weedkiller as after just one day I noticed a few withering and after two days most were already collapsing. After a week nearly all were brown and you can then just dig them back in the soil or brush them away. If you are using the product on a flowerbed then once the plant is dead you can replant things in the exact same spot.
The only point to note about the product is that if it rains after application and on one occasion it rained about 4 hours after I had applied it; it really affects the impact of the product. I had to reapply it after a week as so of the plants managed to stay green. In this unpredictable weather I would only advise using it on a really clear day.
Overall, this is a really good product and it is really successful. It is worth the money despite being quite pricy. You can buy cheaper products but I would rather get the job done once and done well. Of course I still get weeds appearing but these just suffer the same fate as the ones before. An easy job!
Kills weeds and roots. Spot treatment.