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      10.09.2013 12:30
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      Great weedkiller that actually does everything it says on the bottle

      My house has a rear garden, I think it used to have a lawn at some point, but the landlady decided she wanted to lay paving slabs. Now, even I know that before you lay paving slabs you need to prepare the area first, then if someone like me with no gardening experience knows this, why didn't the idiot who laid the slabs??? Every year in between all the gaps in the paving I get a forest of weeds shooting up, and every year I go around them all individually pulling the weeds up from the roots. I had used a few weed killers, but none of them seemed to work, I just happened to be in Homebase buying some gardening equipment when I noticed this stuff. I thought I would give it a go as it didn't cost much, I also thought, is this going to be a case of "You get what you pay for because it is so cheap"? Read on to find out...

      == What is it? ==

      Roundup is a weedkiller that boasts of "killing the roots, so the weeds don't come back!". The weedkiller is ideal for Patios, drives and flowerbeds and it also degrades into the soil to allow replanting. It does have a long list of safety instructions and where and how to use instructions on the back of the bottle. One of the main instructions that made me chuckle was "Don't use this on lawns or other wanted plants! Unless you want to kill them", I thought that would have been common sense really, maybe it was aimed at the type of idiot who laid the paving in my garden in the first place.

      == How to Use ==

      There are two types of spray on the bottle; a spray, which sprays a mist over a larger area, or stream, which sprays out a thicker jet of water. I preferred to use the spray setting as I had quite a lot of weeds to get rid of. I found spraying the leaves and in the gaps between my paving to be quite an effective way of doing this, some of the excess did land on the actual slabs, but this also served as a great marker, so I knew which bits I had already sprayed. It says that weeds may show first effects of the spray anything from a few days to 4 weeks, mine were showing the full effects after only a few days, I don't know if this was because there was no rainfall and we were having really hot weather or not. It says that you should leave the weeds for about seven days before digging them up, this is to allow time for the spray to reach the roots.

      == Price ==

      I paid £4.99 for a 1 litre bottle of Roundup from Homebase, I have quite a large surface area to cover and in hindsight I should have probably bought two bottles, but as I was only buying it to test out, I didn't want to go overboard. It says that this 1 litre bottle will treat up to 30 meter squared area, I have no idea how big my garden is, or if I used a lot more spray than was required, on a smaller surface area.

      == Verdict ==

      Well I have to say, the results are in and this stuff is outstanding! I had tried it on a small area underneath my garden table and, due to the hot weather it left a white patch where I had been spraying, but all the weeds I had sprayed were completely brown and dead. Don't worry too much about the white residue it leaves behind, the rain water soon washed that away, so it is not a permanent scorch mark. Other weedkillers I have used in the past have had no effect on the weeds in my garden, so I was really impressed when this one actually worked, it has even killed some of the Ivy in the back garden and that was only done by using a few sprays on each weed. I cannot vouch for the weeds not coming back saying on the bottle as it has only been a short amount of time, but I can 100% say that it has definitely obliterated them. I will definitely be buying this product again, as it will save me a lot of work next year when the weeds start to come back, that's if they come back. Five stars from me for a weedkiller that actually works!

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      08.09.2013 23:51
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      One of the best known weed killers on the market

      We are getting towards the end of summer now (some might say that is has gone). I probably made the mistake in that I have left it abit late to work on the weeds that are in the back of the garden. I have tried Evergreen Feed which was meant to kill the weeds but months on and there are many many weeds that have now come about.

      I needed something that was going to be quick so that I can get rid of the weeds and something easy aswell.

      I found this on sale at Amazon. I liked the idea of liquid as I have always had good results with it in the past and found it to be quick and easy to use. This arrived within a few days and I read over the instructions. Which to be honest are slightly confusing. It states that there are two nozzle sprays to choose from. A thin spray and something slightly thicker. I had no idea what the difference was so I had to test them. Basically one is like spraying water and the other is like a foam.

      Instructions are simple. Move the nozzle around to the spray type that you want. Any spray onto the weeds. Make sure they are dry however and if it rains within 6hours then spray again. It does not really say where abouts to spray on the weed but I think covering it all, including the bottom means that the weed has been covered enough. You should not apply in very hot or very cold conditions.

      I found that by using the thinner spray setting, I was using less weed killer as the spray was covering the area further. The foam setting is for more of a target area like tips of weeds.

      Results:
      Do not expect to see results in 24hrs. You will look and see that they appear to still be living healthy. Apparently its working its magic however where you cannot see it.

      They state that there are two ways that you can deal with the dead weeds.
      1) Just wait for the weed to die and it will just dissolve itself back into the ground and disappear
      2) Wait for the weed to die and then pull it up

      I have a lot of Plantain weed in the garden (its your common weed) and after two weeks now, I can see that the leaves have flopped and have become darker in colour. It looks dead.

      So its done its job then? Well on plantain, yes it has. However there are other weeds that two weeks on, are still there and show no evidence of disappearing. They are known as common chickweed. These are still standing tall. If you research those weeds you will see that by pulling them up, is actually very difficult and will find that they snap before the root. I am leaving those for the moment. So at this stage, I am unable to say if they are dead/will die. However I am confident given that other weeds have all died.

      Some facts:
      * Roundup is used by a majority of the agricultural world which I can only assume is a good thing?

      * However recently there has been a lot of press coverage around roundup which states that the main ingredient "glyphosate" which is sprayed onto crops around the world can cause disease like Parkinson's, infertility and cancers??!!

      Also note that Roundup weed killer not only kills weeds but grass and flowers so be careful where you spray it.

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        30.08.2012 15:38
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        An effective weed killing distributor and fluid!

        In recent weeks, every couple of weeks, the drive way leading up to our house becomes cluttered with small, prickly, and low spreading plants. Known as weeds, these species (of variable type) spoil the neatness of our patios, varanders, drive-ways and pavements by littering themselves unevenly across the surface. This is something people have become sick of. So what is the natural human solution? Pour on some chemicals and watch them die!!!

        It was this summer that I became irritated to the point of branded action, purchasing a bottle of 'Roundup XL 1 litre Ready to use Tough and Deep Root Weedkiller' (a rather excessive title I know). I chose this particular product from the Roundup range mainly due to the spray top fixing and large 1 litre capacity. My thinking, when faced with a choice of products like this, is that most/all of them perform the exact same task with the exact same efficiency, so just go for the one most practical. The labels are clogged with so much marketing rubbish that there is no way of successful gauging the effectiveness of any one individual product anyway!

        The practicality of this version is perfectly acceptable. The spray head (removable) has a child protective nozzle which requires a switch to be pressed in along with the main handle for the contraption to release any fluid. The grip (slightly odd at first) is in-set, allowing your index and second fingers to press the trigger whilst your other two fingers remain on the lower, out-jutting section of the handle. This improves comfort when spraying over and over again - a lot of weeds to kill = a lot of fluid to spray. The general trigger motion is relatively easy, and the quicker you pull, the further and faster the fluid will release.
        There are two 'spray patterns' available (altered by turning the nozzle), one creates a slimline burst, the other a wide angled spray. Perhaps the most useful ability of the device is its foaming action - when released the fluid comes out as a light foam which then sticks to plants without dripping to ones below (useful if your trying to deter weeds in close proximity to scenic plants you want to be left un-touched).

        The 1 litre capacity tank holds enough liquid to pack a real punch - often a decisive one. The inside product really does act 'tough and deep' to destroy weeds and their roots. I found its effectiveness twice that of simply pulling up the weed and (sometimes) its root. When pulling plants, if you leave even the slightest hint of a root the thing can return. But when using Roundup, I'd say the success rate is around 70-80% - and you don't have to touch the plant at all. When the liquid makes contact with the plant at the surface, it acts to disable growth right down to the roots - so the roots don't need to be exposed to the product at all. Roundup works effectively on many weeds, not just your more common species - so the odds of the product successfully dealing with growths and stopping them from re-appearing in the near future is high. I'd say the spray gives you a good 1-3 months of weedless surface if used properly.

        There are those opposed to products like these, and for good reason. Once the fluid has done its job, ground surface run-off, and below ground movement spreads the substance into drainage systems and on into the natural world - rivers, canals, and eventually, the sea. Animals, plants, and the environment as a whole are at risk from chemical releases. These chemicals don't just evaporate, and despite the fact people use a relatively small amount, it all adds up! My suggestion would be to use this product sparingly, and as sparsely and infrequently as possible.

        Reflectively, my opinion of this product is one of happy consideration. It does the job. With its large capacity, foaming nozzle, differing spray types, innovative child-safety feature and nozzle head, this Roundup product gets the thumbs up from me. Just please remember, USE SPARINGLY.

        PRICE: £5-7
        AVAILABILITY: Any DIY store (B&Q stock the range)
        RATING: 4.0/5

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          28.08.2012 07:56
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          Good weedkiller

          I like to potter about in the garden but I would hardly describe myself as an avid gardener, the garden at the rear of our house has a significant part of it as patio a hangover from the previous owner and it is a constant battle against weeds that sprout up through the gaps in the slabs.

          This weedkiller by Roundup cost £4.49 for a litre bottle that was already mixed, you can buy a concentrate to mix yourself which will work out cheaper but takes a little more effort however if you have a big space that needs treatment then that would be a lot more economical.

          It comes in a simple trigger action dispenser that is comfortable to hold and it is nicely designed, a litre content is not that heavy and you only need one hand to operate it other than when you need to twist the nozzle from the off position to one of two settings, one gives a very narrow, precise jet of weed killer, ideal for accurate spraying within flower beds and a wider spray which is the one I tend to use for the patio when there is little chance that the spray will get near anything I do not want to kill.

          The advice is to spray the weeds when it is dry and not likely to rain for a few hours. It is not the fastest acting weedkiller I have ever used but it is effective, like all weedkillers it claims to soak through and attack the roots to prevent the weed comming back however whether or not this is the case it is really impossible to tell as weeds are hardy little so and so's and I find that we are constantly spraying the patio as new ones arrive. Generally it takes a few days to act but you can see the weed browning and then dying at the surface and they are very easy to then pull up and remove. It was effective at tackling the mostly small weeds that we have on our patio, it has never really had to tackle any larger ones as the other half is quite active at removing those from the borders so I cannot really comment on how good it is with larger weeds.

          Naturally it is a product that needs to be stored safely and animals should be kept out of the garden until the spray has dried on the plants accoding to the safety instructions. This is a pretty standard weedkiller in my opinion, it works effectively and you certainly can see the results after a couple or three days. The bottle is well designed and the trigger nice and easy to operate.

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          16.07.2011 12:30
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          Scotts roundup weedkiller rtu

          Attack of The Triffads

          Gardening and general greenfingerdness has never really been my forte so when I was looking to move from my flat into a house a low maintenance garden was a priority for me. The house I ended up buying had a nice neat little back garden with only a patio, some raised beds and a postage stamp sized lawn area so I was confident that I could keep on top of it.
          Unfortunately after neglecting my little garden for most of the winter it wasn't looking it's best. By strategically tilting my blinds at an angle I could mostly avoid looking at it and keep myself in ingnorant bliss to its real state but when I had the bright idea to invite some friends round for a bbq I knew that I had to finllygo out and tackle it.

          Weeds, Weeds Everywhere

          The lawn and the raised beds were easy enough and took me no time at all but during my neglect the little weeds on the edging of my patio had transformed themselves into something that resembled the day of the Triffads that had grown all the way up to my thighs. After attempting to pull them out only to have them stubbornly refuse to move I realised that I had better get myself to the garden shop and buy some weedkiller.

          I ended up buying roundup weedkiller solely due to the fact that It was the only one in the shop that I had heard of. There were a few different preperations to choose from but I ended up buying the 1lt ready to use spray version as opposed to the concentration preperation that needed to be diluted because I am lazy and also because I was ready and willing to go as soon as I got home.
          Round up is a weedkiller that kills weeds right down to their roots without damaging the soil meaning that once you kill the weeds you can still use the soil for planting.

          Using the roundup

          I had assumed using the weedkiller would be a case of spraying it and pulling out the weeds so I was a little disappointed when I read on the instructions that I needed to spray the weeds and then leave them for a week before pulling them out. Not to be put off I started the process of ridding my patio of these unsightly weeds.
          Using the roundup spray was easy and there was nothing special that I had to do in advance. The spray has two options for spraying with one being just s spray and the other being that you can spray it as a foam. To do this all you need to do is twist the nozzle to choose which one.
          The bottle has a thinner neck for easier holding and the spray applicator was really smooth to pull and didn't need to be squeezed really hard. I started with the foam but quickly realised this is more for larger areas of weeds and the spray was much more accurate for using around my patio. Spraying the weeds took a lot longer than I had expected it to as I had to make sure that I got the roundup in all the cracks along my patio. I was spraying near the roots as my ones were so large but it says to spray the whole weed so that the roundup can kill the whole weed and soak down to the roots.
          I would say that if you have a large patio then you will need more roundup than the 1lt I bought as I used up the entire bottle just doing my small patio.

          On the intructions it recommended wearing some gloves but I didn't really bother with this as I thought that with it being a spray there was no chance of the pecticide actually touching my skin. However within a couple of minutes my hands were wet with the liquid as when you spray it the majority of it hits the weeds but there is some run back that drips down onto your hands. I washed them and put on some gloves as I'm sure getting it on your hands isn't the best thing for your skin.
          It also mentions using the roundup in calm conditions and I could understand why because although the weather was nice there was a slight gentle breeze and this caused some of the roundup to come flying back to me. I got round this by wearing sunglasses but if your planning on using this then I really would recommend waiting until it is a nice day so you don't get any on your eyes.

          Pulling up the weeds

          Although it says that you need to wait seven days before pulling up your weeds after using roundup my bbq was in five days so I knew that I had to have rid of them by then. I checked what the weeds looked like everyday and it was only within a few hours that I noticed the effects of using the roundup. The weeds started wilting and I could literally see the small ones dying by day two. At day five they all looked dead to me so I thought it would be fine to start pulling them up.
          Because the roundup kills them all the way to the root the weeds were so much easier to pull up and they weren't cliniging on for dear life like they had been before. The whole deweeding of my patio took me about 10 minutes and it was with a minimum of fuss. I have to say that I was really impressed with just how quickly and easily the weeds came up as opposed to before when I was using all my strength and they just refused to budge.

          Warnings

          Being a pecticide its pretty much common sense that getting it on your skin, eyes or ingesting it wouldn't really be all that good for you. Other than that the main things to worry about are not killing your actual plants instead of the weeds. You need to be really careful when spraying weeds near plants to make sure that you don't get any on the plants or spray the soil near them so you don't kill their roots. I can vouch for this as I sprayed some weeds in my raised beds and although I thought I was really careful to not hit the plants my mum had planted for me I ended up killing them too and having to get her back round to replant some for me.
          Also you need to be careful when walking that you don't step on where you have sprayed and then step onto your lawn in case you kill your grass. You also shouldn't use the roundup on a day where there is a chance of rain as if it rains within 6 hours of spryaind it then it won't work

          Something that annoyed me about the instructions was when it came to its advice on animals. All it says is to not let animals out in the garden until the round up has dried. I had no idea how long it took to be completely dry and would have prefered if they had stated a specific time frame before animals could go back out just so I could be 100% sure that it was safe for them.

          Two Months On

          My patio is now still blissfully weed free and looking great and I am making much more use out of it especially as we have had some nice weather the last few weeks. I did notice that a few smaller weeds did grow back after spraying it but after buying a new bottle and spraying them again the patio does seem to be completely clear now with no regrowth in the past few weeks.
          For the £4.99 that I paid for the roundup I have to say that I personally think that it is not only worth the money but a great product too. For me it is the perfect balance of being useful and easy to use and I loved the face that there was no fussing around before using it and it was just a case of buying it and then aiming and squirting it at my weeds. For smaller gardens and patios the ready to use 1lt bottle is perfect but if you have a larger garden then I would recommend that you try the concentrated as although 1ltr sounds a lot in practise it doesn't really stretch all that far.

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            08.09.2010 20:10
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            effective product, shame about the price

            I have used scotts Roundup Weedkiller on a few occassions now and it always gives good results. I think it used to come without the trigger spray pump, but I think this added feature is very good because it allows you to apply the spray without coming into contact with the liquid. It costs about £5 for a 1 litre spray, this product also comes in a 5 litre bottle without the spray pump. It costs close to £20 for the 5 litre bottle, but I suppose you could buy it to decant into your pump action spray bottle. Both bottles are a distinct green colour and because Scotts is owned by the same company as Miracle Gro I trust the brand. Miracle Gro is probably the most well known brands of plant feed and so you can rest assured your weedkiller is made by a reputable company.

            You simply have to spray the weedkiller at the base of the weed and I found that after just a couple of days the weeds were either dead or on their way out. I also found that because the solution is on the plant and also in the soil, this prevented the weeds growing back quickly after I had dug the old weed up. This is where spraying weeds as well as digging them up beats just digging them up hands down.

            Personnally I found that the spray is quite expensive and if you do aim to use it as your primary attack against weeds then buying a 5 litre bottle and a cheap spray bottle is advisable. You can use it quiter sparingly with good results and for larger weeds I would suggest that you dig into the weed before spraying it as this would be more effective. For example, if you want to rid your garden of a large plant then this would be ideal provided you do your best to get at the root system with your shovel. Overall a top product, but the pricetag is slightly offputting.

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            Roundup used to be produced by Monsanto and pets did not need to be excluded from the treated area. Now Roundup is produced by Scotts and pets have to be excluded until the treated area is dry.

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            23.04.2008 20:44
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            Kills Weeds

            Scotts Roundup Weed killer is actually part of the Miracle Gro group which I didn't realise until recently. I suppose it makes sense for Miracle Gro to avoid putting their name to a full-on weed killer though!


            This stuff really does have brilliant results and is one I've happily used on many occasions over the years. Recently they bought it out in a handy pump dispenser which makes getting the weeding done an absolute doddle. It's not really aimed at small gardens I don't think as it comes in a huge container but definitely one for new home owners who've inherited a jungle I think.


            It's a bit expensive to buy compared to other brands but worth it if you've got a real weed problems that you want to sort out quickly. Especially if you've got company coming round for a barbie in the summer or something.


            You can use this around your veggies and things which is good to know but be aware, as with most weed killers, you have to be sure you don't use it when the wind is rife. If it blows onto your lawn or your flowers - unfortunately it'll kill those as well as your weeds!

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            Co-accused deny murder! Bill and Ben, otherwise known as ?The flower pot men?, both denied having anything to do with the killing of Weeeeeeed. They were both apprehended last night after the grisly remains of little Weeeed were found in the garden, Police refuse to reveal just how little Weeeeed met her demise but our reporter was told that she was found ?all shrivelled up and limp and had a nasty brown hue where once she was radiant in green? Weeeeed?s death has come as a shock to all who knew her, she has had many attempts on her life over the years but has always pulled through, even when she was almost beheaded by a wayward strimmer she was soon back to her old self. Last year she overcame poisoning, uprooting and even when she was badly burned by a garden blow torch she was soon on the mend and had no scarring to show for her ordeal. A post mortem has been carried out by Dr Hogweed and the findings are sending shockwaves throughout the weed population. ?We found an alarmingly high level of Glyphosate in her sap? he said ?I am almost positive that she met her death by the deliberate introduction of ?Roundup?, and if this is the case then no weed in the garden is safe!? This devastating news has caused unseen panic among all the weeds in the garden, with many of them packing up and leaving before another dry day starts. The Horsetail and Ground Elder families of weeds have a one time immunity, something to do with their stubborn makeup, but if they were attacked more than once with Roundup they too would succumb to this horrible death and so, with much grumping and moaning, they have decided to uproot and move to gardens new too. Whole clans of Dandelions, Docks, Bindweed, Nettles and Thistles are now on the move, Gardens all over the area are in a state of alert and
            many weeds think that nowhere is safe now except the great expanse of the farmland. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in R oundup and for many years now has been the most prolific killer of most common garden weeds, police have confirmed that Bill and Ben were seen in their local Homebase a few days before Weeeeed was found dead, Homebase sell Roundup with impunity to garden owners, especially those who have children and small animals like dogs and cats, after Roundup has been sprayed around the garden it is perfectly safe for children and their pets to play there, Roundup only seems to affect poor defenceless weeds and is biodegradable. Once it comes into contact with soil it is inactivated and broken down, but woe betide the poor weed who gets a drenching, once soaked they only have a week or so to put their house in order, make a will and say goodbye to their loved ones, death by Roundup is a slow and painful one! Just 20ml mixed with a 5ltr watering can of water can cover an area of 20 square metres of a weeds neighbourhood. Bill and Ben had apparently saved up for years to commit this atrocious crime, a small bottle of Roundup retails for around £15 but even that is enough to wipe out an entire garden of weeds many times over! The flowerpot men released their own statement through their solicitor. Ben said ?Fluba-dub it wisnae me!? whilst Bill retorted ?oooh fubdub-adub-a-dub we wur framed!? They were remanded in custody and thrown into the potting shed until police could ascertain just how many more victims there may be in the coming days. Weeeed will be laid to rest on the compost heap as soon as the rain stops, no flowers please and only close friends and family are invited.

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              I WAS AT HARDWARE STORE WITH BAND LOOKING FOR LAWNMOWER TO USE AS ONSTAGE GIMMICK. WE BUY NICE LAWNMOWER AND I ALSO BUY SCOTTS WEEDKILLER. SCOT SOUND LIKE SEXY MAN, MAYBE I WRITE SONG ABOUT HIM. I TAKE IT HOME AND WHILE GUYS ARE MESSING WITH LAWNMOWER I POUR SOME IN GLASS AND HAVE A DRINK. IT TASTE STRANGE BUT I LIKE! I DRANK WHOLE BOTTLE AND WENT BACK AND BOUGHT TWO BOX. I DRINK SCOTT'S RECIPE ALL NIGHT LONG! A TOAST TO SCOTT! I COULD SUCK YOU DRY LIKE I DO YOUR BOTTLES OF WEEDKILLER, SUCKY IT TO ME BABY!

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              Earlier this year we replanted our entire front lawn. It needed completely clearing as previously it was over grown with loads of large brushes and shrubs. Now we have never really done gardening before, we are only in our early 20's. So clearing it was our first objective, and then all we were going to do was re sow the lawn with fresh seeds and have a plain garden. 4 to 5 months past and we had a wonderful green fresh looking garden, we were very proud of ourselves. Unfortunately the expected happened and a few weeds started growing, so we looked at week killer. Round up had been advertised loads on TV, so being a novice gardener we bought this. We read the instructions quickly on the back and then went out and sprayed a bit on each weed. We only put a small bit in the centre of each weed. A few days later we were shocked to see the entire lawn was brown. The Roundup had spread to everything and we just wanted to scream. In small writing on the back of the bottle it said be careful where you spray it, as it will damage lawn. Being novices we were careful and only put a little spray on the centre of each weed. Now we are left with having to re sow the entire lawn again. Even worst, the weeds survived!

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                The story so far... Moved in to a flat with a nightmare garden that I needed to get back in to shape. Tried to take the easy way out and weedkiller virtually all of it but didn't know which was the best weedkiller to use so bought a few and decided to test each on a separate patch of garden. What follows is an account of my experiences with Roundup. Having applied Weedol to one part of the garden (see op in the Weedol section), the next one on the list was Roundup. Whereas Weedol had come as soluble granules in pre-packed sachets, the Roundup came as liquid, stored in a green bottle with a graduated cap for measuring out the contents. The liquid itself is clear, straw coloured with only a slight smell to it and having the same consistency as 'cheap' washing up liquid. The bottle comes with a dilution guide which means you can be a bit more flexible when 'making it up' than with Weedol, although when in doubt, I ended up favouring a stronger solution. Before I go any further, a quick detour... Weedol and Roundup are two fundamentally different types of weedkiller. Weedol is based on Paraquat, a powerful defoliant and so it's principal mode of action is to destroy the leaves of anything it touches. Because of this it is very fast acting and ideal for wiping out smaller weeds or plants with LOTS of leaves, but not so good at killing tougher plants which tend to replace the leaves. Roundup, on the other hand, is a systemic herbicide. Rather than destroy the leaves it comes in to contact with, it is absorbed by the plant and transported through the entire plant system, from roots to shoots. It effectively prevents the plant from producing it's own food and so kills the plant completely, roots and all, albeit over a longer period of time than Weedol. So back to my garden, determine how much water your watering can holds and add the appropriate amount of Roundup, according to the chart on the side of the bottle. Simple
                enough, apart from the fact that every time I used it, I ended up with hands covered in the stuff, prompting a quick dash to the bathroom to wash it off! Once made-up it's the same as any other weedkiller in it's application, pour it over the weeds using a watering can, preferably with a suitable 'nozzle' to maximise coverage. I tended to pour it for longer over the bigger weeds and move fairly quickly over the smaller ones. The weeds in question ranged from unnamed small green things with lots of leaves to dandelions, bindweed, brambles and wild forget-me-nots. Did it work? It certainly did, although at one stage I started to lose faith in it. Whereas the patch of weeds treated with Weedol started to look decidedly unhealthy after 2 days, the Roundup treated weeds looked fine. After 4 days, when the Weedol area was mostly a barren wasteland, the Roundup treated area was still green and bountiful... What was going on? After a week, I was tempted to go out and give it another dose of Roundup, maybe I'd got the dilution wrong? Maybe I hadn't cleaned the watering can well enough and there was some adverse reaction with traces of Weedol that had stopped it from working? That weekend would have seen me out with the watering can again, had things not picked up. After about 9 - 10 days, the Roundup treated plants started to look a bit sickly. Wilting and generally going brown all pretty much at the same time, small weeds and 'big' weeds alike. About two weeks after application, pretty much everything that had been 'got' by the Roundup was on it's way out, including the bindweed and brambles that the Weedol hadn't managed to deal with. In summary then, was the Roundup any good? Certainly, but after seeing the rapid effects of Weedol, the length of time it took Roundup to work caught me by surprise. It was certainly more effective on the 'tougher' weeds than Weedol, but for the smaller weeds I think W
                eedol is probably the better option. Which do I prefer? I actually use them both! Weedol tends to be first, taking out the small-medium weeds followed a week or so later by Roundup to attack the more persistant ones. Any gripes? Only that neither Weedol or Roundup managed to get rid of my biggest problem, the wild Forget-me-nots. The only way I would get rid of them was with a spade!

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                  04.06.2001 06:04
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                  Weedkilling, eh? Have we come to this finally, the grim and very slippery slope into middle age has got me - when you write about weedkilling you know it's only a short step to slippers and hairs in your nose and ears. Ah well, at least dementia and absent mindedness are about to set in too, so I will easily forget about the doom awaiting ... ermm, what was I talking about, pastry? Oh yes, weedkilling, I'm glad you asked me that one. Now there are two schools of thought on this one - mine and everyone who agrees with me, and them losers who have a different view. Let's start with the losers first, or they'll just whinge that I haven't given them equal air time, just like Little Willie Hague will be doing on Election night. There are an awful lot of sad, misguided people around who would kill themselves before they use anything 'unnatural' on their gardens - they say it upsets the natural balance and will swiftly send us spinning into the darkest of oblivions and we'll all catch scurvy. Well, my answer to those do gooders out there amongst you is simple and well founded in fact. You're wrong and you must be mad - that should convince anyone! Okay, what is the answer, I hear you asking, oh great and all knowing fount of all wisdom. Well. it's surprisingly simple, I think you'll find - YOU GO DOWN TO A GARDEN CENTRE AND BUY THE BIGGEST BOTTLE OF VERY VIOLENT AND POISONOUS WEED KILLER YOU CAN FIND AND CHUCK IT ALL OVER YOUR GARDEN. Don't listen to those sad misguided idiots who tell you it will kill all the birds/insects/pets that come and visit - what they don't realise is that we, the saner people around today, don't give a tinker's cuss (see, Mrs dave27, I can control myself, you old *****!) Yeah, whingeing gits like you should be severely locked up and made to watch The King And I over and over again until you come to
                  your senses - gardens are for people not creatures and anyone messing about in my castle deserves everything they get. There are a load of excellent weedkillers around - and slug pellets too. You don't need advice - just pick up the first box or bottle on the left -if it says dangerous to animals, then so much the better! If the salesman gives you any gip, tell him dave27 sent you and warn him that you know Mrs dave27 and that she's outside - watch him turn to a shivering, cowardly wreck! As for the subject of my little opinion, Scotts Roundup? Well, I've used it an awful lot and it is very effective - it smells pretty dire and you do need to wash your hands after using it - it doesn't matter how little I think of animals or children, I love myself and will not do harm to myself - who would Mrs dave27 have to nag? You can use the spray straight from the bottle and it does a grand old job - the other neat trick is to save the old bottle, then when you buy Mrs dave27 (I'm being metaphorical here, buy your own Missus the thing) a new bottle for a present, you can split the contents between the bottles, water them both down and hey presto! Two for the price of one. No, I'm joking of course, I don't buy weedkiller for Mrs D, it has to be slug pellets. Whatever the weather this weekend, enjoy yourself and good weedkilling!!

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                  Will completely kill all weeds and roots