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Old 05-27-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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We have large limestone rocks all around our home. I wanted to know the most effective way to kill the grass 6-8 inches out from the rocks so I don't have to use my string trimmer there and also so the grass is easier to cut. I tend to get ALOT of crabgrass in between the rocks too.

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You have three choices:

1. Use Roundup, which kills all vegitation in the area.

2. Treat the area with a pre-emergent crab grass controller.

3. Since it is such a small area, pull out the unwanted vegetation.

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You have three choices:

1. Use Roundup, which kills all vegitation in the area.

2. Treat the area with a pre-emergent crab grass controller.

3. Since it is such a small area, pull out the unwanted vegetation.

Dick
When using Roundup grass killer should I do it on a hot day or a colder day? Now were in the 60's, but the next few days we will be in the 80's.
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Temp don't matter , wind might..

I use roundup for the same situation .
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Roundup. Nice still day. It is a powerful herbicide. Consumers can still buy it which amazes me at times.

Do get a tank sprayer and mark it for use as for herbicides only. Cost you $20? You can then buy and mix Roundup concentrated in gallons, five gallons or 55 gallon drums if you want. Those cute little gallon things with a spray nozzle attached? $30 or whatever walking out the door with happy consumers who shop at box stores? Crack me up.

Roundup, at least for the application you have in mind, is a non-selective and systemic herbicide. It will kill everything you spray it on. It got approved because it breaks down fast and does relatively no harm to the environment. I personally, am concerned about resistance to it being bioengineered into things like food crops. Corn in particular.
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dinosaur1,

After spending $100+ a year on RoundUp and Ground Clear. I found something called Big N' Tuf Weed and Grass killer at Tractor Supply.

I spent $50 on a 2 1/2 gallon jug about 3 years ago and still have plenty for this season. It's concentrated and kills everything. Even small trees.

Here's a link to the web page...
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Roundup. Nice still day. It is a powerful herbicide. Consumers can still buy it which amazes me at times.

Do get a tank sprayer and mark it for use as for herbicides only. Cost you $20? You can then buy and mix Roundup concentrated in gallons, five gallons or 55 gallon drums if you want. Those cute little gallon things with a spray nozzle attached? $30 or whatever walking out the door with happy consumers who shop at box stores? Crack me up.

Roundup, at least for the application you have in mind, is a non-selective and systemic herbicide. It will kill everything you spray it on. It got approved because it breaks down fast and does relatively no harm to the environment. I personally, am concerned about resistance to it being bioengineered into things like food crops. Corn in particular.
Are you referring to the Roundup Concentrate? I have a little 1 qt jig of that stuff...man that stuff is pricey. Where do you buy it?
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dinosaur1,

After spending $100+ a year on RoundUp and Ground Clear. I found something called Big N' Tuf Weed and Grass killer at Tractor Supply.

I spent $50 on a 2 1/2 gallon jug about 3 years ago and still have plenty for this season. It's concentrated and kills everything. Even small trees.

Here's a link to the web page...
http://www.tractorsupply.com/lawn-ga...2-gal--4201103
Yep! The great thing is that RoundUp has been around long enough that there are off-brand herbicides that do the same thing. MUCH cheaper. Just be careful to note what the percentages are.
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Yep! The great thing is that RoundUp has been around long enough that there are off-brand herbicides that do the same thing. MUCH cheaper. Just be careful to note what the percentages are.
What cheap option is out there?
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What cheap option is out there?
HomeInsulation had a link to an "off-brand RoundUp" available at TSC. Here it is again...
http://www.tractorsupply.com/lawn-ga...2-gal--4201103


I believe Ortho also has their own "roundup" available.
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HomeInsulation had a link to an "off-brand RoundUp" available at TSC. Here it is again...
http://www.tractorsupply.com/lawn-ga...2-gal--4201103

I believe Ortho also has their own "roundup" available.
I unfortunately don't have a tsc by me.
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I unfortunately don't have a tsc by me.
Crud.

Well... Off-brand RoundUp is available in a lot of names, in a lot of places. This comment thread has some ideas.

http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/r...c-roundup.html
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When using the stuff around vegetation you plan on keeping be extremely careful especially on windy days.Might suggest using thick rubber gloves with a pair of old socks over them.You then soak the sock and saturate the weed from the base up the stalk.
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When using the stuff around vegetation you plan on keeping be extremely careful especially on windy days.Might suggest using thick rubber gloves with a pair of old socks over them.You then soak the sock and saturate the weed from the base up the stalk.
Good point! What you described is pretty much the old "Rope Wick Weed Wipers" we used to use on the farm. It literally rubbed RoundUp on the weeds.
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I bought some RoundUp concentrate today to make 5 gallons. What's the most effective way to use this stuff? Use it when its hot and sunny?

The RoundUp spray gun with the 1 gallon jug costs more than this? Why would people buy one over the other?

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