Origins and Use Of Glyphosate
Glyphosate was once most well known by it’s original brand name of Roundup. When it was first released decades ago it was a huge new development in weed control, specifically for farmers wanting to effectively control noxious weeds which were taking over farm land.
The great benefits of Glyphosate have now trickled down to every homeowner to take advantage of to easily and quickly kill unwanted weeds at a very small cost.
Glyphosate Is A Broad Spectrum Weed Killer
Glyphosate has been designed to kill almost every type of plant it comes into contact with.
For this reason it cannot be used on lawns – because it would kill the entire lawn.
But there are still many very good uses for Glyphosate weed control around the home, garden and even lawn – if used correctly.
Buy Glyphosate As A Concentrate
Glyphosate is available in many different brands and sold in many different forms, including concentrated and pre-mixed, as well as differing strengths.
The best option for everyone is to buy the concentrated form, and also buy a 2 or 3 litre spray bottle to apply it with. The initial purchase price of around $30.00 may seem the same as a pre-mixed version – but in reality, once the Glyphosate has been fully mixed, we get around 20 + more Glyphosate than we would if buying pre-mixed.
Spraying Large Areas Of Weeds
Many of us are sometimes faced with a large area of a property which is not necessarily part of the home environment, often this occurs at times leading up to sub-dividing a block. Without ongoing care and management of the area it quickly gets overgrown with weeds.
The best and fastest way to deal with such a massive population of weeds is to spray them all at once with a powerful herbicide. Glyphosate is the only herbicide of choice for these situations.
Be sure to wear long pants which can possibly be thrown in the bin when the job is finished, along with other clothing. Shoes or boots should be washed, and showering is recommended after this type of application. Children and pets should be kept out of the area for at least two weeks after application.
Spraying Weeds In Paths
Once the Glyphosate has been mixed with water in the spray bottle, we carefully spray each weed with the weed killer, and in about a week the weeds will be dead for good.
Be very careful that no Glyphosate drifts onto any other plants or lawn, and never spray while it’s windy. Remember… Glyphosate will kill any plant it comes into contact with.
Killing Difficult Weeds
Some weeds are extremely difficult to kill in home lawns, while others require herbicides which are restricted and cannot be purchased by the general public. The same problems arise when another grass species invades our lawn and we want to remove it – Glyphosate can help.
To kill these weeds in home lawns, we must mix up some Glyphosate in a safe and stable container that will not easily tip over.
We also need an artists paintbrush, an old newspaper and rubber gloves.
With the gloves on, we take our stable footed container of Glyphosate over to the weed and place it on top of the old newspaper.
The weed is then “painted” with the paintbrush dipped in Glyphosate, and then continuing onto the next weed. no need to make it all a difficult process, a simple wipe with the herbicide is all it takes. Again, being very careful not to spill any Glyphosate on the lawn.