Product Type: Scotts garden chemicals
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Attack of The Triffads
Scotts Roundup Weedkiller
Member Name: jipp05
Scotts Roundup Weedkiller
Advantages: Ready to use without any faffing around
Disadvantages: Instructions could be clearer on when its safe to let animals back out
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.
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.
Summary: Scotts roundup weedkiller rtu
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