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Old 06-12-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Something the instructor of our agronomy class told us could be done (and I've seen the results of it) is a way to use Round Up to kill a tree. If you can drill a hole into a tree without being caught and drill it to the center, pour full strength Round up in the hole. It does kill the tree.
The wife sprayed some weeds on the driveway and then the next day hosed off some rug that was dirty. Within a week the elm in front of the house almost died but the side branches lived and took over for the main trunk.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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The wife sprayed some weeds on the driveway and then the next day hosed off some rug that was dirty. Within a week the elm in front of the house almost died but the side branches lived and took over for the main trunk.
But the question is what did she spray them with? Was it the original formula Roundup or something else. Some things contain some really bad things that will kill even a hardy oak. I know someone who did but it was not with roundup. My oak tree is growing like a weed after killing the grass from around it. No more grass stealing its food.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Here a way to get rid of weeds in a flower bed.

1 - use a liquid weed killer.
2 - use only when the weeds are larger than a plastic baggie (the sandwich size kind)
3 - pour a bit of the liquid into the bag, then put the weed inside the bag (do not pull the weed out of the ground) and close with a rubber band.
4 - the weed leaves will soak up the weed killer and thus will kill the roots eventually.

A little bit complicated but safe to do around your precious flower plants.

Also, pulling them out, does often not work, because the roots of some weeds are waaayyy down there ...
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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I am getting weeds growing through the mulch and lifting their ugly head. They are just getting too many to pull by hand. These weeds crawled through 2 inches of mulch, tough little buggers.

Is it safe to spray round-up on weeds without hurting my plants & trees? I worry if the chemical will stay in the soil and get soaked up by the plants I want to keep and killing them instead.

TIA.
No. Look for preen...works real well. There are also others that work on already established weeds....Just make sure you get something that kills only weeds not your plants. Read carefully, some wanted plants are susceptible to weed killers.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:34 AM
 
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I planted some winter squash, butternut squash. I see one at least coming up. Is it safe for me to use an insecticidal soap spray on it to keep slugs off when its this young? I planted zucchini and the slugs got to it and pretty much skeletonized it. I planted another and used the spray and thats kept them at bay as well as on some marigolds. They went after young tomatoes too but the danger seems past and the spray has kept them off them too.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Slugs can be controlled by setting a pan or dish filled with beer in the garden. Set the top of the dish at ground level. The slugs will find it, crawl in for the beer and drown.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Slugs can be controlled by setting a pan or dish filled with beer in the garden. Set the top of the dish at ground level. The slugs will find it, crawl in for the beer and drown.
I swear this has never worked for me...not sure what I am doing wrong.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I swear this has never worked for me...not sure what I am doing wrong.
I've heard so many things since the 70's to try that didn't work I'm a skeptic. Even with Roundup. Partial kills common.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I have a bad back, but I still pull weeds by hand.
I do it on the mornings I water...soak a bed, then pull the itty bitty weeds that are no bigger than a thumbnail when the ground is nice and soft, they come right up. It doesn't take long, a few minutes per bed. If you stay on top of the situation, it's super easy to control without having to spend money on sprays.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I weeded my shade gardens in spring by hand. What a job -- so much creeping charlie. I'm hesitant to use weed killer as I sometimes let my cat outdoors for a walk and he eats grass. Creeping charlie is back and you'd never know I weeded so carefully. Been catching up on some weeding this week since the humidity has been low but the respite won't last long. Most people around here treat their lawns for weeds, and I see their dogs out lying in the grass, so they must feel like it's safe, but I don't know.
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