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When my husband and I purchased our home five and a half years ago, one of our biggest tasks was the lawn and the garden; both of which were in desperate need of some tender loving care. The area that should have been lawn was a jungle of unsightly weeds consisting of dandelions and clover and whilst one or two of the specifically designed products that we purchased made a slight difference, the problem continued to exist.
I tried various other methods such as painstakingly hooking out the pesky roots with the end of a screw driver and digging them out with a trowel. However, what should have been our lawn looked more like a scene from The Day of The Triffords and it was an impossibility to tackle each and every one of the weeds by hand. After moaning a few years ago to a work colleague whose lawn resembles that of the centre court at Wimbledon, he informed me of the reason for his success, namely Verdone Extra Lawn Weedkiller, so my purchase was made and this review discusses my experience.
I must admit to never having previously heard of the product, which is manufactured by The Scotts Company (UK) Limited, who are based in Surrey and I was surprised to discover that the one and only review on Dooyoo was posted almost twelve years ago. The appearance of the 800 ml bottle is identical to the image as shown above, so it clearly hasn't been updated in the slightest. Whilst I have faith in my work colleague and trusted his recommendation, I was pleased to notice that the product is intended for killing weeds and not lawns. The front of the bottle advises that the product will kill daisies, clover and dandelions with the reverse stating that the weedkiller will kill most weeds in one treatment with a further list of problem weeds.
I favour the fact that the product is ready to use, so there's no messing around with mixing it with water and the areas requiring treatment do not have to be prepared beforehand, such as raking. The container offers a propeller type trigger, which is initially in the locked position and there are easy to follow directions on the reverse of the bottle advising on how this is released.
The spray should be used on lawns when weeds are leafy and actively growing with the grass not being mowed three days prior and three days after spraying. After giving a good shake to mix the contents, the bottle should be held at arms length where a light spray should cover the weed leaves without causing them to become soaking wet. Whilst the product offers the consistency of water it is easy to detect on the leaves due to its slightly milky appearance.
I cannot speak of the nozzle dripping any of the liquid onto my hands when using, as a good flow of spray was directed solely at the weeds. As I was very careful when using and avoided spraying when the weather was breezy I cannot advise if it offered an aroma and due to its harmful ingredients I do not intend taking a sniff of the liquid to find out! After using, the dispensing nozzle should be turned to the off position to prevent any of the liquid from dripping.
As we have a compost heap I always add any grass cuttings. However, following the first mowing after application, any clippings should be binned with ordinary household waste and not placed on a compost heap or disposed of with the local authority's garden collection scheme. Being the impatient individual that I am I was hoping that the weeds would have been killed overnight, but this was not the case, as it took around a week for me to see visible results.
Whilst I received a high recommendation from my work colleague who is a dedicated gardener, I was not expecting Verdone to eradicate every clover and dandelion on my lawn, but to my amazement it did and they have not returned following their initial application some three years ago. The occasional clover and dandelion tend to rear their ugly head in different areas than previously, so I give them a quick zap to see them off. Obviously, this product contains harmful ingredients so children and pets should be kept away from treated areas until the spray has dried.
I cannot speak highly enough of Verdone Extra Lawn Weedkiller and only wish I had moaned to my work colleague much sooner! I find that the most competitive retailer is Wilkinsons where you can make a purchase for £4 as opposed to Amazon's price of £6.89.
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.