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Want to spray allotment to kill off weeds


 
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sainttoff
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Want to spray allotment to kill off weeds Reply with quote

Hi All;

My allotment this year is a disaster, ni matter how much i try to keep on top of it, i cant get rid of the nettles etc. Whats the best spray to kill these off and other weeds. I want to spray it, cover the allotment up with the black sheets and then spray again in feb.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roundup is probably the best spray to use.
Plastic deprives the soil of water and air all needed by bacteria to break down the soil.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye, use Glyphosate. It breaks down really quickly on contact with soil, and is relatively safe (don't drink it neat!). I wouldn't go for the Roundup brand though, it's really expensive, and they are at the forefront of GM promotion. Get whatever is cheapest (Gallup, where I am). Spray, then cover up. I use cardboard and grass clippings. You should only need one or two hits, then you'll be able to keep it under control by hand weeding.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glyphosate is not the problem its monsanto who are trialing GM products check out their website for a full list of what they supply http://www.monsanto.com/products/Pages/msds-labels.aspx
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