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18/05/2014 at 12:31
Hi all, Does anyone have experience of using a rotavator to remove weeds and roots? I'm considering it as I'm having the damnedest time trying to get rid of hogwort and cow parley in our school wildlife garden.
18/05/2014 at 12:38

Usually rotovators can just break up the roots and make the whole thing worse. I would cut down the unwanted growth and then get some old carpet and cover the part of the area you want to clear. You say wildlife garden - the wildlife will love the cow parsley and the hogwort.

18/05/2014 at 12:41

Any  good wild flower mix of seeds you get will surely have those in it - wonderful for pollinating insects.  Pull a few out maybe, but leave some - they're gorgeous. 

18/05/2014 at 12:44

hogweed is a thug. Its leaves are so huge they swamp everything.

So huge they absorb a whole lot of glyphosate. If you did it on a Friday after school there's be no worries about poisoning kids. It would be thoroughly dry by next school day

18/05/2014 at 13:01

And yet people pay good money for Angelica gigas 

It all depends on how much space you have. 

18/05/2014 at 13:17

 

It's interesting what we like and don't. 
I like cow parsley, beautiful plant. but there's something about hogweed that's ugly to my eye.

18/05/2014 at 13:18

I think it can look absolutely fantastic 

18/05/2014 at 13:35

I can let you have some Dove

Will a couple of hundred be enough? 

18/05/2014 at 13:39

You're very kind, but as I said, 'It all depends on how much space you have' 

We don't have enough 

18/05/2014 at 13:41

18/05/2014 at 14:42
Would the glyphosphate be detrimental to the wildlife?
19/05/2014 at 00:29

Glyphosate becomes inactive once it hits the ground.  Just so long as you have 6 dry hours after you spray the glyphosate will do the job.

But do put the rotavator away or you will make the weed problem so much worse.

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