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Old 05-16-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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My back yard is completely filled with weeds. It has vines with thorns and wild flowers for which I've tried weed and feed and used some round up. It has turned most of weeds to a crisp brown, But how do I go about killing the roots? I tried to take but it's just too hard. There are wayy too many roots and they are quite deep so just taking the top soil won't do the trick.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Chop down all dead plants to ground level and remove. Water the yard for a week or two and see what sprouts. Let green get about 6 tall and hit them with more round up, let die and remove again.

When dealing with yards such as yours it could take 6-8 weeks of repeating this process to kill off as much of the roots as possible.

Understand though that as soon as you cultivate the ground seeds and pieces of roots depending on the species of plant will sprout anew.

Spot treat and pull as necessary after completing landscaping.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:17 AM
 
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My back yard is completely filled with weeds. It has vines with thorns and wild flowers for which I've tried weed and feed and used some round up. It has turned most of weeds to a crisp brown, But how do I go about killing the roots?
You don't have to... the Round-Up goes all the way to the roots and kills them for you!
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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You don't have to... the Round-Up goes all the way to the roots and kills them for you!
Depends on how large the root structure. Small seedlings, no problem.

Large establish plants and grasses you might never kill off the root systems entirely. Then there are the thousands of seeds you'll need to deal with that round up dosen't kill.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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My suggestion is going to be radically different from the two above.

I think you should let it continue to grow and grow. Eventually the grasses, thorny brambles and weeds will give way to saplings which will in turn shade out the stuff you don't want and after some time you will have a beautiful, natural backyard habitat that is valuable to wildlife, gives privacy and energy saving shade.

Of course I'm assuming you're not in a desert. But something tells me you're not in a desert.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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My suggestion is going to be radically different from the two above.

I think you should let it continue to grow and grow. Eventually the grasses, thorny brambles and weeds will give way to saplings which will in turn shade out the stuff you don't want and after some time you will have a beautiful, natural backyard habitat that is valuable to wildlife, gives privacy and energy saving shade.

Of course I'm assuming you're not in a desert. But something tells me you're not in a desert.

Morning nature boy.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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Chop down all dead plants to ground level and remove. Water the yard for a week or two and see what sprouts. Let green get about 6 tall and hit them with more round up, let die and remove again.

When dealing with yards such as yours it could take 6-8 weeks of repeating this process to kill off as much of the roots as possible.

Understand though that as soon as you cultivate the ground seeds and pieces of roots depending on the species of plant will sprout anew.

Spot treat and pull as necessary after completing landscaping.
Removing the roots is the hard part. They are so deep in and so long in span, I can't get the really deep ones with just raking. I have a pic that shows it. This is after they have been killed with round up and weed and feed. Want a fresh new backyard.-imageuploadedbytapatalk1337192202.533314.jpg

Want a fresh new backyard.-imageuploadedbytapatalk1337192228.383264.jpg


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Old 05-16-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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Removing the roots is the hard part. They are so deep in and so long in span, I can't get the really deep ones with just raking. I have a pic that shows it. This is after they have been killed with round up and weed and feed. Attachment 95400

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So are you trying to kill the green in the pic or just remove the dead leaving the green?

If it were me I would kill everything and start over using the process I described above.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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So are you trying to kill the green in the pic or just remove the dead leaving the green?

If it were me I would kill everything and start over using the process I described above.
I really want to kill it all so it doesnt come back. when would raking be easiest? on dry or moist soil?

Also does anyone know how much sq feet the gallon of round up cover? it doesnt specify on the bottle.

And should i use round up or Pennington Weed and feed? the W&F is cheaper and covers 10k sq ft If i remember correctly.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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Ok forget the raking for now. Refer to the process I gave you above. Spray all the green, let it die, then water see what sprouts and kill that until you get almost no more sprouting. Unless your a professional applicator it's hard to estimate the roundup as the amount you use dictates the sqft coverage.

Why do you want to use a weed and feed if your purpose is to kill everything?

You shouldn't need to worry about the roots after everything is dead. You could use a rototiller lightly and rake all dead plant material that come to the surface.

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