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~ ~ It?s that time of the year again. Spring has most definitely sprung, and that means that the garden is beginning to sprout vigorously once again after its winter hibernation. The rose bushes are growing new buds, the trees and shrubs are starting to show new leaves, and the crocuses and daffodils are in full bloom. (Or have even already bloomed) It?s great to see the garden beginning to blossom once again. But it also has its drawbacks. The grass on the lawn is already long enough to give cover to a raiding Apache war party, and along with all the blooming flowers and shrubbery, the dreaded weeds have also reared their ugly wee heads. ~ ~ The grass is easy enough to keep in check. (Well, with a bit of effort with the lawnmower) But the weeds are another story altogether, and if not dealt with properly, have a tendency to just hide for a little while before coming back even thicker than before. There are only two choices for dealing with them effectively. Either you get down on your hands and knees and dig them out by the roots with a garden fork, or you purchase an effective weedkiller. There?s no doubt the garden fork method is effective, but for the mad cabbie it?s just a little too much like hard work. So instead I use the product I?m going to write about here. ?Weedol? fast acting weedkiller. ~ ~ Weedol comes in powder form, and you mix it with water before use. The pack that we are currently using comes with 5 x 57 gram sachets. You mix a single sachet in a gallon (4.5 litres) of water, wait until it has fully dissolved, and then off you go with your watering can. (Or spray dispenser) It?s better to use slightly warm water, by the way, as this dissolves the granules a bit more quickly. Weedol will effectively kill most garden weeds within a few days. I use it in the area around my rose bushes and shrubs, and around the base o
f my trees. Another place it is very useful is on the patio. We have stone slabs laid, and over the years we?ve had them down, the damned weeds have a habit of popping up on a regular basis in the gaps between the slabs. Weedol is very effective for solving this problem, as it not only kills the weeds themselves, but also kills of any dormant seeds, so they don?t get the chance to sprout. If you?re having a problem with your lawn, you can also use it to kill off any old grass before you reseed the area. A gallon of Weedol will treat an area of approximately 17 sq. metres. (20 sq. yards) ~ ~ Now for the bad bit. Weedol is a deadly poison. It comprises of two truly deadly poisons, Diquat & Paraquat, both of which are not only deadly dangerous for all types of plants, but which will kill off a animal or human being just as effectively. Some of you might remember a few years back, when the American and Mexican governments sprayed paraquat on illegal marijuana fields. Off course, the growers quickly salvaged what they could of the crops, and this led to many end users of the affected dope suffering various degrees of health problems, from severe breathing disorders, right down to bad headaches, vomiting and nosebleeds. Luckily nobody died. (Or at least, not for the official record!) And I still have a very unhappy memory of an old schoolmate who committed suicide by drinking a paraquat mixture back in the 1960?s. (It wasn?t a pleasant death. He lingered for about a week) ~ ~ What this means is that you should exercise EXTREME caution when using Weedol weedkiller. Don?t handle this stuff at all with your bare hands. Always wear a good strong pair of garden gloves. If it does somehow manage to make contact with your skin, then wash it off immediately. Make sure to always dispose of the used sachets safely,
and don?t leave them lying around the garden for a dog, cat, or (God forbid) a child to find and decide to play with. (I always burn mine after use) I also keep the packet itself under lock and key in my workshop. The instructions state that any treated area is safe after only about ten minutes, (or once the liquid has dried into the earth) but I always make sure I don?t let our dog near the area I?ve treated for at least a couple of days after I?ve used it. (Better safe than sorry) So take care if you have pets of any description, especially any sort of pet (rabbit, tortoise, guinea pig, etc) that might happen to eat any vegetation from a treated area. ~ ~ Weedol is made by a company called Scotts, who are based in Godalming in Surrey, and it?s available in packs of 5, 10, and 16 sachets at most garden centres or hardware stores. You can also buy it in a ready mixed 1 litre spray dispenser. I paid ?9.99 for the 5 sachet pack in our local Homebase store. A very effective way to get rid of all those pesky weeds, but marked down a star because it?s so damned toxic and dangerous. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © KenJ April 2004 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
I?ve been using weedol spray for quite a while, not because its totally great but because I?m too lazy to go and find another! The spray is very much easier to use and after spraying the chemical onto those nasty overgrowing weeds they don?t actually die instantly but gradually, over a few days, but you must be careful not to spray your plants or grass, or they could die too. This can be used in most places like between slabs or bedding and even if they are coming out of the walls! In the advert it does state that weeds dont come back, i've actually had some weeds grow back after i have treated them with weedol, whats this about? Instructions say to spray on to dry soil then let the area dry completely before planting, you must be sure to keep children away though. There is a draw back to this product, it smells!! Yes and its horrible. But apart from that its does the job.
A jungle, that's what the garden was when I moved into my flat a few years ago. An old victorian house that had been converted with the garden left to seed for far too long. The 'lawn' had more in common with a meadow and the 'flower-borders' would have been more at home along the banks of the Amazon! Foolishly, I had agreed with the landlord that I would return the garden to some sort of reasonable state. It was only after I had moved in that I began to realise the scale of the task ahead of me. What were my options? I could welch on my deal with the landlord and leave the garden well alone but there was the deposit. I could attack it with a strimmer... but the sheer size of the weeds would probably render the strimmer useless. Dig it all over and start from scratch, this was probably going to the the only sensible long-term option. Ho-hum. I was psyching myself up for the arduous task ahead when my girlfriend said "when are you going to weedkiller the garden?". Weedkiller! That's GOT to be it! Saved at the last! My psyching-up well and truly forgotten, I hastened down to the local DIY Superstore and, not knowing which was best for the job ahead, invested in a few brands of weedkiller; Weedol, PathClear (both in soluble granule form), Verdone and RoundUp (both liquid). I also picked up a bright-red watering can with a special weedkiller sprinkler attachment (bright red so that I don't get it mixed up with the one I use for plants I DON'T want to kill). Back at the flat I thought I'd run a test to see which was the better at killing the numerous types of weed to be found in my 'garden'. The plan was simple enough, divide the hideously over-grown borders into sections and use one of the products on each (I'll put a review of the others in the relevant sub-sections of dooyoo). So what do you actually do with Weedol? Fill the watering can with water and empty a sachet of Weedo
l into it. Stir vigorously until it's all dissolved and then water the weeds with it. Easy. At this point I would note that it's best if you actually use WARM water to fill the watering can. It makes no difference to the effectiveness of the weed-killing but it does see the Weedol dissolve an awful lot quicker. So I did as instructed and applied the freshly made-up Weedol to the alloted test-area. What of the results? For the next week I closely followed the progress of the weeds in each of the test areas. As far as Weedol is concerned, the results were noticable after only 2 days! The smaller, faster growing weeds (I don't know their names but none of them flower) started to turn a pleasing shade of grey and after 4 days they were no more. Larger weeds including dandelions and dock were also pretty much done-for within four or five days of application. The biggest weeds, brambles, buttercups, bindweed and the damnable wild forget-me-nots proved tougher cookies. Whilst Weedol did kill the leaves of the bigger weeds (black spots, discolouration and eventual loss of the leaves touched by the weedkiller), the plants themselves remained healthy. Only a week after application, most of the bigger weeds were back, and this time they didn't have any competition from the smaller ones! So is it any good? Well I still use it and have bought more since. You just have to be aware of the weeds that it will deal with and those it won't. For wiping out the small, fast-growing stuff it is pretty much ideal. Certainly once I got rid of the bigger weeds Weedol was excellent at wiping out all the smaller, opportunist weeds that sprang up when the competition was removed. It's easy to store, easy to make up and easy to apply. Even if it rains shortly after application, it does the job. It's also supposed to be safe for children and pets once the application has dried (although I can't comment as my goldfish don't go in the
garden too often).
Weeds growing between your patio slabs or coming through the cracks in your footpath just gets on your nerves. Tried a number of different weed killers but not beats Zeneca Weedol. Not like others Weedol starts to react on contact, the box contains four sachets that cover 17sq m per sachet. Empty one sachet into your water can and add 4.5 litres of water and stir until granules are completely dissolved, this product is now ready for use. After 10 minutes this solution should have dried and now is safe for children and pets to play on except for grazing animals until weeds are completely dead. Weedol is a very fast weed killer and the strength will not be reduced if rain falls after 10 minutes; the only downfall is that it’s harder to kill off nettles.
Weedol is all well and good for getting rid of weeds in the short term, but there is nothing as good as pulling them up by the roots to ensure their long-term absence. Also, Weedol does not seem to work on some of the more 'difficult to shift weeds' such as nettles and goosegrass. I also think it is very expensive for a short-term solution. I'm afraid there is often no easy alternative to the old-fashioned method!
i bought some weedol to try after it was recommended to me by my father in law. you can buy single sachets,or you can buy small or large boxes containing sachets. if you are planning to use it just for things like patio weeds then i would recommend the spray bottle of weedol. at first i thought it was a little pricey but after seeing the results i thought it was money well spent. after dissolving the contents of the sachet in water i covered the weeds. in approx.2 days the weeds had died,after about four days they had just gone. i didnt have to pull them up or anything. weedol is pet and child friendly. just dont spill it on your lawn like my husband did.... i lost a large patch of grass... no longer do you need to break your back weeding just reach for the weedol.
As we are moving house at the moment, in order to get the house up to it's best for viewers we decided to try to tidy up the garden. After lobbing all the overhanging trees and shrubs, lawnmowing the grass, pulling out all the nettles we were left with the 'small and easy' job of removing the bits of weeds coming up between our flagstones and rounf the house base. Well, we tried a number of products from the local DIY barn, hot water, a salt solution, even bleach. Nothing shifted the buggers. We then bought a very small packet of Weedol, thinking that if nothing else would shift the weeds, this wouldn't either. It did the job however! It comes in small sachets with little blue pellets which you simply disolve in your watering can and pour over the weeds. In about 4 days after a couple of dosed they were so withered we were able to simply pull them out. A great product, simple, and what does what it says it does.
Fast acting, economical and rainproof. Kills weeds all round the garden