24 May 2012
dealing with weeds
Warmth has brought the weeds on. Luckily, dry days afford two options: the hoe (very satisfying and effective for shallow-rooted weeds) and glyphosate-based weedkillers including Roundup. The trouble with Roundup is that it doesn't know a weed from a wallflower. Luckily...
this Roundup gel allows discrete application, making it easy to sneak up on the weeds choking your favourite plant. Glyphosate affects plants by disrupting their metabolism. Inability to manufacture proteins means the plant starves to death within a week or two. The most difficult weeds to deal with, those with big root systems, usually require a second application. If bindweed is your problem, stick a bamboo cane into the site. The bindweed won't be able to resist clothing it. The advantage for the gardener is a large and easily accessibly surface area of leaf for Roundup treatment.
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