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Topic Title: Alternatives to Roundup (glyphosate)?
Topic Summary: Anybody tried bleach, etc?
Created On: 01/20/2018 02:40 PM
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 01/20/2018 02:40 PM
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garcia

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A friend of mine told me he makes a mix of bleach and water and it works great on his paver-ed driveway. Anybody tried using a bleach mix around plants instead of Round-up? Any other alternatives? I weed all the beds once a week, but, oxalis and Bermuda are tough with all of their deep runners. So, about once a year, I Round-up them, but, I sure hate it.
 01/21/2018 08:35 AM
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Central Floridave

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I'm sure bleach would kills plants but probably worse for the environment that round up. Just guessing though. I usually just dig up the plants in the cracks.
 01/21/2018 09:27 PM
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foam ball

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My neighbor brushes Morton's salt into his pavers to kill any weeds. Wondering if salt water would in a sprayer would work. Been looking for an alternative myself.
 01/23/2018 05:17 PM
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dingpatch

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Mineral spirits work just fine, , , , , LOL
 01/24/2018 05:31 AM
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garcia

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plus a match?
 01/24/2018 01:24 PM
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SurferMic

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Neighbor used old gas , says it evaporates so quickly it just coats the weeds and does not leach if done on sunny dry days, smells for a while but it works for driveway grass/weeds. I use a flat head shovel and scrape the clumps 

 01/26/2018 09:18 AM
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scombrid

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VOCs and residue from old gasolene is way worse than glyphosate.

It doesn't just "go away" on sunny days.

VOCs go into the air. Other nasty shit absorbs into the plant and then washes down into the drains bound to the detritus as the plant breaks down.



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 02/03/2018 08:56 AM
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JBSURF

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Straight up ocean salt water works great,,,, found out the hard way when my ex cleaned our aquarium, dumped the dirty water in the flower bed, next day DEAD flowers.... Im like whats up here,, Oh I thought itd be ok,,,, NOT..... works great and priced right

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 02/13/2018 12:02 PM
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dingpatch

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 02/13/2018 05:57 PM
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dab

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Epson salts and vinegar will burn the leaves and foliage but won’t kill the root.

This will kill the weeds to the root. It’s the heat not the flame that kills the weed.

https://flameengineering.com/collections/heavy-duty-torch-kits



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