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 Post subject: Weed control
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:28 pm 
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I am looking for a spray that I can mix up for weed control. I thought about vinegar or salt water. Just want to be able to go into the garden and spray the weeds and not worry about the "desirable plants" Any suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:04 pm 
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One of these works *VERY* well, and has no overspray.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91033

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:01 pm 
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Ahhhhhhh flame weeding. Very effective while at the same time very satisfying!

Both saltwater (bad idea-can build up in the soil) and vinegar sprays will damage both weeds and desirable plants if it comes into contact with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:07 pm 
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Kato wrote:
Ahhhhhhh flame weeding. Very effective while at the same time very satisfying!

Both saltwater (bad idea-can build up in the soil) and vinegar sprays will damage both weeds and desirable plants if it comes into contact with them.


So will flames. :P :P


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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 7:56 pm 
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So my next question is can I use salt or vinegar once or a few times to get things under control? I also forgot I have a post and rail fence and would like to use the same thing for the weeds around it too. It is 700 feet and takes at least 2 hours with the weed trimmer. I fear it the flamer will burn the posts and melt the vinyl wrapped fence.

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:14 pm 
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Unless you're trying to grow an organic fence, that sounds like a good job for roundup. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
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Hire the kid down the street.
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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 9:02 pm 
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How about hiring a kid to spray the round-up? :wink:

I'm sorry if I gave the impression that salt and vinegar would be risky to use... alot of salt may damage the soil, but I can't imagine using enough vinegar to see a build up!

Vinegar full strength with some soap should work fine. It doesn't kill the root like roundup, so the weeds might re-sprout, but should do a good job at control. sunlight will help it work faster.

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 7:36 pm 
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I have heard that roundup can harm frogs and we know the benefits of them. Also it has been linked to Parkinson's too. I use it for work and am just trying to minimize my exposure. I have dogs who eat the grass along the fence so they would be in harms way too. I am not big on being green or organic but if I can I try when ever possible. As far as a build up in the soil that would be good in regards to the fence. It is just too much work to weedeat. It takes 2 hours and 2 days. The 2 days are recoup for bending and carrying the weedeater. I think I am gonna pay someone to do it once a month. In the garden I just used action hoe. Gonna modify it a bit with some fangs. Screw that hang down and dig a bit on my forward stroke. It worked very good just time consuming. The garden is in a new location this year and all I did was till. I add mushroom "top soil" over the hoed areas to help the weeds. Once it is all done one time it should be a breeze.

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 11:02 am 
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There are also the wheeled trimmers which might be good for the amount of area you do. I'm considering one. Just do a search and you'll find several brands. I'm thinking of renting one to try out before I buy one.

I have 2 flamers that I use some too and they help. I can only do it when it's wet out, though since I have too much flammable material around.


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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 1:53 pm 
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luv2grdn wrote:
There are also the wheeled trimmers which might be good for the amount of area you do.
The problem with that I think is they use a larger diameter of line and the smaller line beats up the fence pretty bad.

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 3:16 pm 
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My wife has a thing called a 'steam buggy' that shoots a spray of steam. She uses it to clean very stubborn things like mildew stains, but I bet the hot stream of steam would be effective on foliage as well, less so than a flamer, but it's safer when things are dry.

If you don't like weeding the fence, you can always mulch along it with a thick layer of wood chips. That stops 95% of the weeds, and the remaining ones are easier to get by other means.

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 Post subject: Re: Weed control
PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 2:22 pm 
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Decided to weed eat it for now it just looks much nicer. Maybe this year or next year I will begin to put stone and some sort of weed barrier as river rock is common around my home decor. Thanks

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