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Old 07-20-2019, 06:29 AM   #1
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Weed B Gon


Many years back Ontario banned products with 2-4D including
Killex.
Wondering if the replacement products are any good at all? I see
Weed-B-Gon concentrate is on sale this week for $30 for 1 liter
which makes 25 liters (I think). Gather the active ingredient is
iron.
Don't really want to spend $30 unless it works quite well.

So the question is, for those who've tried both, how well do the iron
based products kill weeds compared to the 2-4D products? Are the
iron based products any good at all?

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Old 07-20-2019, 07:37 AM   #2
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Sometimes confusion on this weed killer.


In the US they sell Ortho Weed B Gon. Supposedly effective, but pretty nasty, and unlikely to be legal in Ontario.


In Canada, they sell Scotts Ecosensense Weed B Gon, which is basically just rusty water. I have used the Scotts stuff. Its rather expensive, but does work reasonably well. It works very well on broad leaf weeds like dandelion or thithle. It has a harder time on stuff like white clover -- you can see its hurting the clover, but always some remaining. My hypothesis is that its because of the small waxy leaves don't absorb it. If you don't have too much, just keep attacking every week. Be generous in spraying it.


If you pay for a lawn service to spray your weeds, they will might decide to use the same thing. Scotts only has the license for the homeowner version. Somebody else has the license for commercial use. The commercial version has a different name, which escapes me right now. Maybe somebody else knows.




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Fiesta -- that's the name of the commercial version.


If you have a bigger weed problem, it could be worth having the pros come out and spray. I did that once for a problem area at my mother's place. Not sure if they were using a higher concentration, but it was very effective. And was not more expensive when you consider buying it one jug at a time at the hardware store.
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I have not used the iron-based Weed-B-Gon in general application but find it works reasonably well on spot applications for broad-leaf weeds.


If you want Killex (2-4-D) you could try taking the missus for dinner across the border. There is some online discussion whether it is legal to import it (residential grade) but the consensus is the CBSA doesn't car. I also understand that you can order it online. The prohibition in Ontario et al is about use, not possession, so all you have to do is cross that moral bridge. If it is so terrible, I wonder why it is still legal for gold courses to use it.
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The prohibition in Ontario et al is about use, not possession, so all you have to do is cross that moral bridge. If it is so terrible, I wonder why it is still legal for gold courses to use it.

No moral bridge at all for me since I think the ban is result of ill informed
public pressure with no science to back it up.
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I hear ya. No dilemma here either, just that I've never had enough spare room on the bike (well, that and the fact that if I nuked all my weeds I'd be down to dirt - at least they're green!). The only half-decent argument I've heard is that residential users tend to over-apply.
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