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littlelugs

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best weed control methods
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:32:04 am »
can any one advise on the best method for weed control on our yard? the yard and driveway are gravelled and have grass and weeds growing all over it. I have tried pulling it out as it comes up but its just not do-able. a farmer i was talking too recommended touchdown (spray weedkiller) but im not sure we have dogs and cats and i dont want them to get poisioned etc ( i am not against weedkillers) however if there is a garunteed enviromentally/animal friendly way  of getting rid of these weeds quickly i would love to hear of it.
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Sylvia

  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 12:27:29 pm »
A flame gun? A hoe?

Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 03:34:09 pm »
Roundup? Think it's safe for pets as soon as its dry, but best double check.

bloomer

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Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 03:40:55 pm »
roundup is safe an hour after application and is fairly effective!!!

mab

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • carmarthenshire
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 08:29:18 pm »
Roundup. relatively safe for pets (as mentioned previously) and kills pretty much everything green & growing, including the roots - only downside is (in my limited experience) is that things take a little while to show effect so you have to be patient to see if you've applied enough.

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 09:13:11 pm »
Yes - need to give it a couple of weeks then respray anything that's left over....
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Small Farmer

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Bedfordshire
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 09:15:55 pm »
Snag is it really needs to be done in the growing season so it's getting a bit late.  I think sodium chlorate has been banned now.  That really does kill.
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robert waddell

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Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 10:48:43 pm »
sodium chlorate ah the memories of childhood bombs         it kills the grass and weeds and afterwads is a fire hazard in hot weather :farmer:

Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2012, 10:50:33 pm »
Hot weather, hmmm I know I've heard that phrase before.  :thinking: not this year though!

littlelugs

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Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2012, 02:32:16 pm »
thanks for the replies, as for hot weather in wales hmmmnn... what is that exactly  :raining:

Stereo

  • Joined Aug 2012
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2012, 05:38:53 pm »
We had a path laid in the garden with that useless weed control matting under it which the gravel just punches through. The other path which I laid myself has a doubled up sheet of damp proof membrane under it and no weeds in nearly 10 years. I would suggest the only permanent cure is to rake off all the gravel and put down some suitable matting underneath.

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2012, 07:39:15 pm »
I think we need to do something like that for the chicken electric fence so stop it shorting out whenever the grass grows more than a couple of inches high
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Stereo

  • Joined Aug 2012
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2012, 09:48:33 pm »
We use DPC under our chicken fence. 6" wide is good. It's very rigid and doesn't rip. We stick the posts right through it. Works a treat and pretty cheap at your local builders merchant.

Small Farmer

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Bedfordshire
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2012, 11:15:21 am »
That is brilliant.
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Mel Rice

  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: best weed control methods
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2012, 01:46:10 pm »
Old lino/pvc flooring works well too, AND its free

 

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