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Do you use chemical weed killer?

There has been a lot of controversy over the years about the effects of weedkiller, not only for insects and in particular bees, but also on human health.

Roundup is one of the country’s most popular weedkiller brands, while glyphosate herbicides are the most widely used herbicide in UK agriculture.

Environmentalists say the weedkiller is linked to cancer, although the claim is strongly denied by manufacturers and the EU has approved the chemical for use.

A growing number of people no longer want to apply chemical pesticides (which kill insects) or herbicides (which kill plant life) to their lawns and gardens, out of growing awareness of the negative, and sometimes devastating, effects on the environment and on the health of people and animals.

There are more organic products on the market than ever, and as demand increases so does the effort to find more organic alternatives to conventional weed control.

Although it is regarded as hard labour by some people, one of the most effective ways to control weeds is a truly old-fashioned way—removing them by hand. This can be a lot of work if your garden is plagued by many weeds, but after doing it steadily over time, you will gradually find that weed infestations diminish as you remove weeds before they can bloom and set seed.

How do you prefer to control the weeds in your garden? Are you happy to use chemicals to eradicate weeds, or do you prefer to use an alternative method to keep them at bay?

Do you use chemical weed killer?

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Felix1
7th Jul 2020
1
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So much death this year, I am not even pulling my weeds. Nice to see new life. Most are from the birdseed from the bird feeder. I do not use weedkiller for fear of killing the birds, cats, squirrels etc. I cut them down.
sparrer
27th Jun 2020
1
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A daily stroll round my little garden every day to pull any weeds is all it needs. Stubborn ones are dug out with a weeding tool or if that doesn't work I go on the attack with boiling salt water. That's a very last resort though, I like instant results and it takes too long for them to die back. And not good for cats paws.
olivep
27th Jun 2020
0
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If boiling water doesn't/cant get rid of the worst of the weeds, then I have to put up my hands to using weed killer on the path/patio. I do use soapy water to eradicate those pesky aphids on roses, beans etc. and salt around plants to deter snails/slugs. Hubby goes one better with hoeing!!
viking
23rd Jun 2020
5
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Using these flame thrower type weed killers, although an alternative, is cruel. Flambed worms are not to my taste but might well appeal to a Frenchman................well they do like snails !
HappyHippie
23rd Jun 2020
6
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I dig out the weeds, since this lock down my garden has never had such attention, I'm pretty much weed free, however, I keep the ones I consider wild flowers and the bees and butterflies love them
GwenH79
23rd Jun 2020
3
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I have tried sprinkling salt on the path, But not very successful results. I also use a long handled wire brush.
6767
23rd Jun 2020
3
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Has anyone a good 'green' solution to a weed free brick driveway?
I know the reasons for not using products and agree but...............occasionally they are tempting.......................!
Yodama
4th Jul 2020
0
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This guy seems to be having some success.

Best Homemade Organic Weed Control - Natural & Safe -https://youtu.be/CZ2FArMJesA

You are welcome.:-)
Yagala
23rd Jun 2020
5
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I never use chemicals in my garden, instead I dig up any plants that do not belong in my garden, whatever they may be, and deposit it on the compost heap after completely taking it to pieces.
Powellct
23rd Jun 2020
4
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I use no weedkillers, I dig out by hand. The only pesticide I use is soapy water on aphids and beer traps.
My garden, while not pristine, is a haven for wildlife - I've seen ladybirds eating the aphids I missed on my runners. Starlings hunt out the leatherjackets, we had a goldfinch eating the seeds from a knapweed yesterday, the pigeons eat my brassicas and blackbirds eat my strawberries and raspberries if I dont net them, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Lionel
23rd Jun 2020
2
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Lionel
23rd Jun 2020
3
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I sprayed Roundup at agricultural strength many, many times when in farming. The fact is, with our present European method of arable farming we would grow more weeds than crops thus harvesting foul tasting weed seeds with the crops. That would severely diminish their market value.

Over the years a decline in our insect population has been obvious, and harmful. We killed insects or mutilated their habitat. The effect is much the same. But, as usual, government and EU 'experts' can't be told anything. An 'expert' knows much more than the man who has farmed his land for a lifetime. A born countryman whose life is intimately bound up with the country he lives in and on.

My garden is largely poison free except for a few virulent weeds which I dig up, exposing their root system, and paint cut ends with Roundup on a paint brush.

At the foot of my garden is a 120 acre field, sprayed last year eleven times! Any odd bits the sprayer misses are very soon a mass of tangled weeds. But that's OK while we have sprays ... apparently.
Billythequiche
23rd Jun 2020
4
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I use small amounts to eradicate weeds on the paths and in brickwork. I don't think that I am doing harm, but I am not a scientist, or an agronomist, an agriculturist, a farmer or much of a gardener. Like lots of us who are not experts, it is a matter of who we believe.
When I was young, one set of experts said that DDT (Flit) would eradicate malarial mosquitoes in a generation; another set said we must not use it as it was carcinogenic. NO experts said that on balance the number of lives saved from malaria deaths was more or less than the extra cancer deaths. How are we supposed to interpret the non-facts?
I have no answers, only more questions.
I only state this: X is an unknown and spurt is a drip under pressure.
Lionel
23rd Jun 2020
3
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'I only state this: X is an unknown and spurt is a drip under pressure.'

That's my best laugh today, and there's been a couple already.

If only I'd known that definition when agronomists were ordering, yes ordering, me to do this or that, quite contrary to best practice ... experts? Who needs them?
Billythequiche
24th Jun 2020
1
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Glad it amused you. Will you be dashing to the pub or racing to the coast when the leash is loosened? Are you still fit and well?
Lionel
24th Jun 2020
1
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No, Billy, I don't dash anywhere anymore. Arthritis has got me. Besides, about three years ago I stopped my nightly pint of homebrew and can't now remember why!

Coastal towns are very much a no-no at this time of year. Southwold is packed with social wannabees with impeccable bad manners and devoid of road sense. It's just too tempting to drive my 2 tonne motor over the top of them. Got to say in their defence, although my father was Merchant Navy and made sure I knew every swear word in the book, these people have brought me up to date. Until recently, it was my belief a term for a large penis was a compliment. I'll leave the rest to you!

Yes, we're fit and well, thank you. Kathryn will be a great-grand mother shortly. Pity her granddaughter can't be sure of the father! But, Hey Ho! that's someone else's problem. Keep thee only unto her, has served us well.

Your boredom and frustration are understandable, Billy. I believe this lock down has been more difficult for us older ones who have worked toward a comfortable retirement populated by friends and family only to find ourselves marooned in an oasis of people but little social life. There's little to look forward to with the hospitality industry on its knees. Perhaps you could consider retiring to Suffolk, a nice pink washed thatched cottage. I could show you how to poach. Poached game always tastes sweeter than shop bought. Perish the thought! Poaching? Whatever gave me that idea?

Take good care of yourselves, Billy.
Yodama
23rd Jun 2020
5
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Most farmers and gardners around the world use the highly efficient Roundup, (made by Monsanto /Bayer,) blissfully unaware that they are dealing death.
Killing our bees and insects and killing humans.

"Monsanto Loses Third Straight Roundup Cancer Trial." Historically having to pay out
$2 Billion in compensation. Thousands of victims are lining up to sue.
They are guilty of falsifying, manipulation and cover up of the true effects of the damaging effects of Roundup

https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/2-billion-verdict-against-monsanto/


Roundup which is mainly made up of glysophates, is not only harmful to our bees and insects but also to our health. And it has NOT BEEN TESTED.
The only testing done, has been on glysophate and the surfactants which were approved, but the final procuct "Roundup" HAS NOT!

Vice President of Monsanto Scott Partridge said of the product when asked if it is carcinogenic to humans stated "no it will do no harm, glysophate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans."

THEN a report by Monsanto's lead toxicologist Dr Donna Farmer stated in court "you cannot say that roundup is not a carcinogenic..."we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement."
THEN Scott Partridge said, " Dr Farmer, she is a fantastic scientist and she was JUST BEING A SCIENTIST, in 2003 she was technically correct when she made that statement."

Roundup has been linked to Non-Hodgkinsons Lymphoma cancer, Alzheimers and other diseases, and is BANNED in several countries.

AND...
During World War II, Bayer was part of a consortium called IG Farben that made the Zyklon B PESTICIDE used in Adolf Hitler's gas chambers.
It was banned after the war but the product resurfaced as a chemical weapon.

Roundup and glysophates should be BANNED worldwide.

Try Vinegar and salt to kill your weeds.
Munsterlander
23rd Jun 2020
5
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Very frightening and we are playing with fire. I agree we should ban all insecticides immediately.
Wilf
23rd Jun 2020
6
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I don't trust it at all and have read that it can be harmful to humans. Plus if it kills plants it must be harmful to insects and animals so why are we still using stuff like this. Surely the virus has shown we need to take care of nature or it will bite us back!
MrsPat
23rd Jun 2020
2
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What side effects have you read that it has Wilf?
Wilf
23rd Jun 2020
0
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That it can cause illness and possibly cancer.
Ian123
23rd Jun 2020
3
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I am, or rather my garden is, infested with horsetail.
Impossible to hand weed, their root system is so bloody sophisticated.
Leave even the slightest trace of the root and you are guaranteed thriving examples of the plant/weed at some time in the future.
It is even rumoured to grow through concrete.
Anyone who has successfully eradicated .this blain of my life please feel free to share your successes .
septiclecky
23rd Jun 2020
2
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Bindweed is another one which has a vast root system which cannot be dug out
Margaret Hart
22nd Jun 2020
6
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My comment is started below. Unless more people stop using the chemicals eventually they will poison our food and of course the land it grows in.
Lionel
23rd Jun 2020
1
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Margaret, our food is already poisoned, as is our drinking water with nitrates spread on fields.
Margaret Hart
22nd Jun 2020
4
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As far as possible I try to make my own things like weed killers and medicines for soothing insect bites and other skin problems. On my flowers I usually can get rid of any bugs with just my washing up water after I have washed up although it won’t get rid of the Lily beatle ..
Hazel
22nd Jun 2020
4
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No, definitely not...
kentrix39
22nd Jun 2020
1
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As having run probably the largest grounds maintainance, gardening and landscaping firm in the South of England for many years I can categorically say that Roundup is extremely safe it is the only way to kill deep rooted weeds.

Of course there is always the amateur who. gets it their skin and thinks they can just wipe.it off. This sort of thing happens in all walks of life.
Wilf
23rd Jun 2020
2
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It is probably the fastest way to kill weeds but I think the jury is still out on how harmful products like this are. If they are killing weeds how can they not be harmful to insects and animals...and therefore us?
bob scott
22nd Jun 2020
7
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I am old fashion and use a hoe. Bob Scott.
Munsterlander
23rd Jun 2020
3
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Same here-simple and effective
Lionel
23rd Jun 2020
2
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For the most part so do I.
septiclecky
23rd Jun 2020
3
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You can use a hoe on annual weeds but perennial weeds is another matter, you chop up roots you can make the problem worse
Bald123
22nd Jun 2020
6
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My wife uses Roundup all over the garden paths and every spring and summer we have a right barny arguing about it as it kills everything including my lawns. Best to just weed naturally.
MrsPat
22nd Jun 2020
6
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No I do not! Never have and never will. Its pure poison and will affect us as well. I read that German scientists are saying that 70% of insects are dying since 1970 mainly due to pesticides..worrying for the next generations.

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