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Old 06-09-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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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.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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It is absorbed only through the green of the plant not through the roots.

So, don't get it on plants you like alive and you'll be fine.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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make sure your nozzle is on a steady stream and it is not a windy day. if you aim and hit only the leaves of the plants you want to kill our other plants should be ok. But be aware there are many problems with chemicals used in our landscapes. they run off into steams, etc. I know there is a big Anti RoundUp movement but I would be lost without it. I have separate sprayers for deer repellent and roundup and insecticide.. Be sure to rinse out everything, tank, hose and nozzle after using roundup or just make it dedicated for that once use. still it can do some danage to equipment if you let it stand a long time so it is a good idea to rinse your equipment after every use.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Please do not use any chemicals in your lawn, it is not healthy to be spraying chemicals. It has negative effects on the environment and it is bad for your health. Check out beyondpesticides.org a non-profit to learn about just how bad the ecosystem is being destroyed by all the chemicals being used. I am disabled with a horrific illness, stemming from a chemical plant where I was born. please reconsider your chemical practices...
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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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.
I do that regularly!

Just make sure - like someone else said - that you only hit the leaves of the ones you want gone. All else will be fine!
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Please do not use any chemicals in your lawn

I would do that, in a heartbeat, when someone comes and does my weeding for me.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: rain city
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*I* would never never spray roundup in a flowerbed. No_way. There is just too high a probability that some roundup molecules might end up on the tender surrounding flowers and knock them flat. Too risky.

I might take a Q-tip or a tiny applicator of some kind and dab the unwanted weeds individually, but spray? Nevah.

And 2 inches of mulch isn't deep enough to prevent weeds.

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Old 06-09-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Round-up has no residual effects in or on the soil. It only effects the foilage (leaves) it comes in contact with. If in doubt put a paper bag or some other barrier over the plants you are spraying around.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I would do that, in a heartbeat, when someone comes and does my weeding for me.
Roundup doesn't remove the weeds it just turns them brown.


(sometimes)
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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You should see what Round-Up does to the people in foreign countries. The kids have to walk through a bean field that has been planted with evil Monsanto's "Round-Up Ready bean seeds." There legs are all ate up. It's really sad. But that's another story.
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