During the summer I like to sit in my garden and read, but unfortunately I live in an area which has a high population of nettles, and they grow to humongous heights and spread like wildfire. I am allergic to nettles and come out in a HUGE itchy rash whenever I am stung, so I avoid them like crazy. Obviously this makes it difficult for me to get rid of them and I either have to get someone else to do the weeding or do it myself and end up being very itchy and uncomfortable. I decided enough was enough and that I needed a solution, so I went into Homebase looking for some weedkiller.
I decided to buy Weedol for £4.99 as I had seen it on the television before, and it said it was fast acting which was just what I needed. It is also less expensive than other weed killers, which is a plus as it meant I could try it out and not be too unhappy if it didn't work. I bought the 1L bottle of it. The bottle is bright red with a black squirt gun with yellow accents. The label on the bottle is easy to read, clear and concise and the colours are bright and eye-catching.
The bottle is rather awkward to use as it is quite heavy and because one end of the bottle is bigger than the other, it weighs down that end. The squirt gun on the bottle operates like normal, and unscrews if you want to get the last bits out. However, application is easy, and you can cover quite a lot of ground.
The liquid inside the bottle contains glyphosate and pyraflufen ethyl, which are pesticides so I would advise not to use on a vegetable patch or on anything that may be consumed by you or your pets. The weedkiller is systematic - it kills the plant, the weeds and then degrades itself into the soil to prevent the weeds from coming back.
It is a very effective weedkiller - I used it last year to kill the nettles, and they haven't come back. Absolutely brilliant. I also used it on the dandelions and it worked perfectly. The nettles haven't come back but the dandelions did, although they spread by wind so they will obviously come back.
The area that you spray will look rather dead and ugly for a couple of days, but when the weeds are all dead and dry, and have been picked up, you can then plant whatever you want there and soon the area will look great.
This weedkiller is cheap, effective and fast. Very good value for money and have bought it time and time again. Very trustworthy!
I'm somebody who has always preferred to use chemical free ways of dealing with my garden weeds. I would spend hours weeding between the cracks in my patio with a crevice tool and my trusty hoe would be used to get rid of the dandelions on the stoned area in front of the window. Last year I had enough of being green and went in search of some chemicals to get rid of the weeds the easy way. I picked Weedol for no other reason than it was a brand that I had heard of before and it claimed to kill weeds at the roots to stop them coming back. I have got to admit I was sceptical at the claims of how good it is but decided it was worth a shot.
I like the fact that the Weedol comes ready mixed with a spray top lid that makes it easy to apply to the weeds. It makes it a lot easier to use than the weedkillers that you have to dilute and use with the watering can. It does work out more expensive buying the weedkiller ready mixed, the Weedol costs around £12 for 3 litres but for me it is worth paying the extra for convenience.
The main weeds in my garden are dandelions although I also have a little thistle patch which comes back each year and some moss and grass I wanted to get rid of. I sprayed on the Weedol as instructed in the late afternoon and went inside to wait for it to take effect. When you spray Weedol it comes out as a foam which surprised me but it made it easy to see that I had covered every area of plant. You spray it directly onto the leaves so it is absorbed better.
Weedol claims that you can see a difference in the weeds within an hour and this was correct. After an hour the weeds were turning brown and starting to wilt. It took till the next morning for smaller dandelions to wilt down properly and some weeds required a second spraying to kill them properly. Oddly, it was the grass between the patio slabs which was the most stubborn and took several sprays before it eventually died. Weedol claims that the weeds are killed by the roots so will not come back, I found this true with the smaller weeds but the larger dandelions did grow again.
Weedol contains the ingredient pelargonic acid which is safe for children and pets to be in the area after it has dried, I make sure to keep my kitties away from the areas of grass which have been treated anyway.
Weedol is a good weedkiller which does kill small weeds very quickly. It does need more than one application on more stubborn weeds but it is still fairly effective.
As the vast majority of our garden was hard landscaped by the previous owners and is around 80% patio and paving there are lots of gaps for pesky weeds to grow through. Unfortunately, because the previous owners appear to have been very anti-gardening they didn't do a very good job of laying the patios and paving and, as with most things, with the key word being preparation, preparation, preparation, theirs left a lot ot be desired. They don't seem to have laid any membrane underneath the slabs to prevent weeds growing. As a result, our many patios are constantly being spoilt by various types of weeds growing up between any cracks.
I don't mind this so much in the winter, obivously, but in the summer it gets very annoying. It seems like every time I go into the garden a new weed has appeared and I spend lots of time trying to get rid of them. On the top patio I have to try and be natural, as anything on here can drain down into my veg beds and I obviously don't want to use anything hazardous on there. So, salt and boiling water is my weedkiller of choice for that small area. However, it would take a serious amount of boiling water to manage the whole garden like that so I had to look for alternative solutions. I tried a special weeding tool, but that wasn't really thin enough to get down between the cracks properly and get the whole weed and after a whole morning spent scraping and getting progressively more painful knees I decided to go hardcore!
That's where this Weedol Fast Action Weedkiller came in. I found it in B and Q for only £4.28, although it's currently on offer at 2 for £7 so I'll be heading back to stock up! I thought that price had to be worth it, for my knees if nothing else so into the basket it went. The weedkiller comes in a 1 litre bottle and is highly distinguishable on the shelf as the bottle is bright red with lots of yellow accents. It's easily dispensed through a spray nozzle, meaning I didn't have to mix it with anything or dispense it into any other containers so I thought it would be a much easier and safer way of killing weeds. As you woudl expect on a product like this, the back label is devoted un more or less equal parts to instructions for use and cautions and warnings. I won't bother reciting all the warnings as I assume most of you readers are sensible enough not todrink weedkiller or let your kids play with it!
The usage instructions, however, I did find quite helpful. I assumed I would just point and spray and hey presto the weed would be gone. The label informs us, though, that you should only use between April and November and on a dry day. Now, I probably wouldn't have gone out in the rain to use it, but I also probably wouldn't have thought to reapply if it did happen to rain within 6 hours of me using it. It also tells us where it can be used and how much ground you can expect to cover with it (a whopping 34 square metres of perennial weeds...it's an unluck person that has that big a patch of weeds, so I expect this bottle to last a while).
Using it really is easy. You simply twist the nozzle to the spray position, aim the nozzle at the weed and squirt it. I tend to give each weed a good three or four squirts depending on the size of it. Then you just leave it to dry and wait for the offending weed to turn brown, shrivel up and die from the root upwards. Simples! So far I've been really impressed with this weedkiller. After use it takes a couple of days to notice any difference, but soon the weeds do turn brown and die and then it's a much simpler process to just go around and pull them all up, no scraping required.
Obviously, as the weeds are by this point covered in presumably very harsh chemicals I do the pulling part wearing rubber gloves (gardening gloves are too bulky to get a good grip on them I've found) then I throw the gloves away and wash my hands thoroughly. This may be overkill but when it comes to these kind of things it's better to be safe than sorry.
So far I haven't noticed any re-growth of the weeds that I killed, although more of the pesky little blighters have since sprung up in other places, so killing it from the root upwards really does seem to be more effective than simply scraping them off. This bottle so far has done two trips around our patios, paving, side path and drive and killed probably around 50 weeds and, judging by the sound of the liquid inside when I shake the bottle, I would guestimate that there's about a third of the bottle left, so £4.28 seems to me quite good value for money.
So would I recommend this weedkiller? Absolutely. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg, like some of the more intensive killers can, it does the job quickly and effectively and it's much kinder on your knees than spending hours scarping at weeds instead! Obviously I don't use it anywhere near my veg patches and care is needed when using, but as long as you apply a little common sense it's a safe way of eradicating weeds from your garden.
I have to admit that over winter I let my garden go a bit - the grass got long and weeds sprouted in every available space. This spring I decided I was going to get the garden looking ship shape again and that necessitated a trip to the local garden centre. I had plenty of things on my list to buy - new hose, pot plants, gloves, spade and of course weedkiller which is where weedol comes into play!
The main reason we purchased this particular weedkiller is because it claims in big letters on the front of the bottle to kill weeds and their roots, so they don't keep popping back up. In our front garden we have a section about 3m square which is covered in pea shingle and although it has lining underneath it, the weeds have still taken over and have sprouted up all over the place, in the back garden we had the same problem in various pebbled sections and between the flag stones on the patio and at the edges of the concrete down the drive. The problem in these areas is that if you attempt to pull them up, you will invariably leave some of the root behind and the weed will have regrown within a few days. I was getting sick and tired of constantly trying to remove the same weeds.
When we got home with the weedol I got straight to work spraying it over every weed I could see in the patches of shingle, pebbles, flagstones and concrete. I haven't used it for weeds in the lawn (it apparently kills lawns) or those in the flower beds as I'd prefer not to have weedkiller in the soil as I can't see it doing any good for future plants I decided to put there!
They spray nozzle means it's easy to direct at the plants you want to kill, although be aware that if you're spraying on windy days it does have the tendancy to spread out a bit. I sprayed this over all the weeds I could spot, then got on with some other gardening. To be honest I forgot about spraying them until a few days later when I went out in the garden and noticed all the weeds were dead. Hooray, it works! There were a multitude of different weeds in the garden and it seems just as effective on all of them, it also makes removing said weeds alot easier as once the roots are dead they tend to be alot easier to pull out of the ground.
The only problem I've really come across is where weeds are spead out over a larger aream for example you can't really spray the entire patch of shingle as it would take forever and use up too much weedkiller. You can only kill the weeds you can already see, so new weeds will kill on sprouting up anywhere you haven't yet killed one. Of course you can go out and spray them, everytime a new one crops up, but don't be fooled into thinking that weedol will eradicate your weed problem.
The bottle I got contains a litre of weed killer, I'm not sure if they make smaller ones, but if they do I would still advise going for the bigger one. I don't exactly have a huge garden - front and back combine are probably about 40-50foot long by 10 wide but by feeling the bottle in front of me I have already managed to use over 2/3rds of it and more weeds spring up all the time that need to be taken care of. I can easily see your average size garden going through a couple of bottles of this per year.
The back of the bottle does say to keep away from children and pets so presumably it's somewhat poisonous to them. I don't know what sort of quantity would have to be injested to prose a health threat, but I would be a bit worried about using this in my garden if I had any dogs or cats as I wouldn't put it past them to decide to have a chew or a lick of the weeds, so that's something to consider if you have such pets. I don't currently have any dogs or cats so this isn't a problem for me.
Overall I'd recommend this product as a highly effective weed killer, however it may not be cost effective for people with larger gardens as you get through enough of the stuff in smaller gardens - price wise you can expect to pay between £4-6 for this depending on where you purchase it from.
When I first moved into my house I had a small front lawn and at the back of the house was what most people would call a yard. It was just a load of paving slabs with weeds coming through every crack they could possibly get through. I'm not much of a gardener so I wanted a low maintenance garden. A couple of my friends who love to garden came round and redesigned the front and the back of my house.
They started by taking up the lawn at the front and all the slabs from round the back and replaced them all with gravel. They put in a nice small flower bed round the back and some lavendar plants in the gravel at the front. For the first few weeks my garden pretty much took care of itself. Then all of a sudden the odd weed started to come through the gravel. Thankfully it was mainly the front that I had weed problems with, the back garden seemed to stay nice and weed free.
So I went down to Wilkos to find something to rid me of those pesky weeds. This is where I came across Weedol, its a brand I had heard of and it wasn't expensive so I bought myself a 1 litre bottle. Weedol is a fast acting weed killer, its rainproof and weed control does not reduce even if light rain falls 10 minutes after application.
The Weedol gun comes in a red bottle holding 1 litre and should always be stored and carried upright when not in use. The Weedol gun will treat 10 square metres and can be used throughout the year.
1. Shake well. Press down firmly on top of trigger head immediately behind yellow nozzle to depress safety tab.
2. At the same time twist nozzle to spray position (1/4 of a turn wither way).
3. Spray weeds thoroughly to the point of run-off, ensuring leaf surfaces and stems are covered evenly.
4. After use turn nozzle to stop.
Weedol can be used on paths, drives, patios and between cultivated plants. Although you should be careful around plants as Weedol will kill them as well.
I get alot of weeds coming through the gravel at the front of my house, I think this is because it used to have grass there before and its trying to make a comeback. If I can pull the weeds up I will but alot of the time they seem to be thistles that leave there roots behind and are back before I know it. These I tend to give a good spray and it seems to have halted there progress considerably.
Weedol is really handy if you dont have time to weed the garden thoroughly, I always use it now especially on the more tougher weeds that are rooted down to the core. I also have a blocked paved drive and the weeds can be a right pain. But once again Weedol does the job. I have noticed weeds starting to go yellow in colour a couple of hours after application and the next day they are dead.
For best results apply Weedol in calm conditions, further application may be needed on newly germinated weed seeds and any regrowth. The only thing it doesnt really have much effect on is bind weed and nettles if there are bigger than 10cm in size. Other than that Weedol is one powerful weedkiller, killing weeds within days.
As always with these kind of products, keep away from children, eyes and skin and do not breath in spray. Wash hands after use.
Weedol can be purchased from Supermarkets but more cheaply from Wilkinsons, 1 litre bottles are between £2.50 - £3.00
This pre-diluted, ready-to-use weedkiller allows convenient treatment of weeds all round the garden. Weedol Gun! Rootkill Plus gives fast-acting visible results and effective, systemic root kill, so the weeds won’t come back / Systemically kills weeds in beds and borders, uncultivated ground and on surface such as paths and drives / 1 litre