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So I've tried Weedol & Roundup, but neither of these are particularly friendly to grass (see opinions in the relevant sections). So how am I to get my meadow... sorry LAWN under control? It has been left untended for so long that it seems to be more weed than grass! Well, while I was in B&Q stocking up on herbicides for the "Great Weedkiller Showdown" I spotted an opaque plastic 500ml bottle with the words Lawn Weedkiller on the front. A quick scan of the label revealed that it was supposed to be effective against broad-leaved plants but, crucially, NOT grasses. Suffice to say, a bottle went in the basket (along with the Weedol, Roundup and PathClear). Upon returning home, and after applying Weedol and Roundup to separate patches of the garden, I thoroughly rinsed my weeding-can (as my watering-can has since become known) to ensure that there were no traces of the previous two chemicals lef that could ruin my lawn. Filing it up with the standard 9 litres of water I read the back of the bottle. 20ml per 4.5l of water, so 40ml (and a bit more for luck) of Verdone later and I was stirring the deadly mix. Now according to the back of the bottle, this should be enough to cover 8sq metres of lawn and do away with 'easy' weeds (listed on the bottle as plantain, dandelion, buttercup, perlwort, selfheal, black medick and chickweed). Looking at my lawn revealed that there was plenty of tougher weeds there as well (daisy, clover, yarrow, field woodrush and speedwells not to mention bindweed, dock and a whole host of others). The back of the bottle indicated that the dilution should remain the same but that less ground should be covered. This was going to take two runs. After 15 minutes I had thoroughly doused both halves of my lawn with 9 litres each of diluted Verdone. Now to sit back and watch the wonders of modern science. The first thing that I noticed was that the grass didn't die! Phew... I hadn't really been worried, but
it was nice to see all the same. After 2 days, nothing. 4 days? Ooooeeerr, there's something funny happening. All the weeds in the lawn are starting to put on a massive spurt of growth, and I mean massive.After a week things are looking even stranger. All the weeds in the lawn have grown so much, so quickly that they are all twisted over on themselves and not looking at all well. This includes the tougher weeds (Dock in particular!) some of which aren't even listed on the bottle, so things are looking good. Two weeks after the original spraying and the majority of the weeds defined on the bottle as 'easy' are gone. Some of the tougher weeds (Dock again!) are still hanging in there but they're in trouble... A month after the first application, I give it another go. Two weeks after the second application and my lawn is looking (incredibly) better. Only a very few weeds remain and the grass is starting to cover up the bare patches! As you can probably tell, I have been suitably impressed by this stuff. It does exactly what it says on the bottle and a bit more besides! It's easy to use, employing one of those bottles with the graduated reservoir that you fill by squeezing the main bottle so it's relatively mess free. Now that the lawn is under control (and resembles a lawn again) I only use it about once every 3 months or so, which is enough to keep things the way they should be while I work on the rest of the garden. Words of Warning! As far as precautions go, it is NOT safe to use around pets and children so keep them away from the lawn for a goodly amount of time after applying it. It is an irritant so if you do spill any on yourself, wash it off quick (trust me!). As always, if you have a pond be EXTREMELY careful when using it. One last word of warning, DO NOT use any grass cuttings as mulch unless they have been well composted before-hand. You have been warned.
Kills many common broad-leaved lawn weeds.