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Old 05-17-2011, 02:59 PM   #16
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This is a true statement, but Roundup will definitely travel in the soil upon initial application.

You should be prepared, as stated above, for things outside of what you spray to die. I have found that with VERY careful application (even with using a shield) I can still expect things to die in an approximately 10-12 inch radius around the spot sprayed. I've sprayed a lot of homeowner grade Round-up this year (on dandelions) and that is my experience.
Why are you spraying Dandelions with RoundUp instead of a 2,4-D product?

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Old 05-17-2011, 05:26 PM   #18
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Uh, because I didn't know better. we're all learning, right??
I'm not learning. My brain is full. I refuse to learn anything more. Ever!


Actually, I found out (never mind how) that spraying dandelions with RoundUp is kind of a disaster. It kills the grass first, and then new grass is MUCH harder to get growing than weeds. I do everything I can to NOT kill grass that's already growing, but rather, to supplement it.
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Actually, I found out (never mind how) that spraying dandelions with RoundUp is kind of a disaster. It kills the grass first, and then new grass is MUCH harder to get growing than weeds. I do everything I can to NOT kill grass that's already growing, but rather, to supplement it.
Honestly, I was pretty unhappy with the puddles of dead grass, but it's growing back in, now and I am pretty nearly dandelion free. I didn't do a pre-emergent because I seeded a bunch this spring. Now I have lots and lots of new grass. And mother nature has been helping out with lots of rain. I nearly need to mow twice a week right now.
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Honestly, I was pretty unhappy with the puddles of dead grass, but it's growing back in, now and I am pretty nearly dandelion free. I didn't do a pre-emergent because I seeded a bunch this spring. Now I have lots and lots of new grass. And mother nature has been helping out with lots of rain. I nearly need to mow twice a week right now.
Good deal!

I guess, having grown up on a farm, I'm extremely aware of how various herbicides can absolutely devastate vegetation. It's unfortunate that these stores that sell lawn herbicides don't put up a HUGE sign - in front of RoundUp & all the off-brand RoundUps - that says, "THIS PRODUCT WILL KILL YOUR GRASS!"

I cannot tell you how many times I've driven by lawns that are covered with 12"-18" dead spots. There's absolutely no question what happened, and there's absolutely no question about how POd the owner is!
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To also clarify, regardless of what anybody tells you, RoundUp is a "contact herbicide." It kills the weeds it touches, but nothing else. There MIGHT BE a trace of residual effect in the soil, for a brief time. But even that is not likely.
Just my experience, but I haven't had Roundup hurt anything that was near by. But on the other hand I don't use it near bushes too often - if it's done any damage it's not enough to notice. And so far it's killed everything, except for one very stubborn vine that it just seems to singe a bit.

As for the nutsedge - we finally got a couple of days without rain, so I used my new Ortho junk. I could only get the expensive baby spray bottle so I do hope it does at least something.

I can resort to the Roundup if I have to. Last year I got a bunch of crabgrass where a bush was dug up and used Roundup there. Spring this year I pulled/raked the dead stuff up, and the grass is growing great. I can repeat that in the other places if necessary - it's just a lot bigger area. But my priority is getting rid of that junk.

Thanks for the input.

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