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How long does Roundup last in the soil?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:48

The active ingredient in Round up is glyphosate which becomes de-activated on contact with the soil, so you can replant immediately.

However, glyphosate works when applied to actively growing foliage - it won't work if applied to roots at this time of year.

I would leave it until the spring, when the weeds are growing rampantly - apply the Roundup and leave for a few weeks until the weeds are brown and dead.  That will show the roots are also dead.  You may need to have a couple of goes at it but it will work. 

Then you can get on with re-planting the rockery - it will take longer this way, but it will work.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 16:29

Hot air balloon just drifted low over the garden - we get lots of them here.

Roast beef, parsnips, onions and potatoes, with Yorkshire puds, runner beans, horseradish sauce and gravy happening here - it will be ready about 6.30.  How many plates do I need to warm?

Weed ?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 16:25

I learnt to identify them in the 1960s from charts in the Farmer's Weekly Nut

What is this shrub please

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:56

If you really want to cut it back now, take out some of the taller stems from the base, rather than shorten all the the stems.  That way the stems that you leave untouched will flower in the spring/summer.

Weed ?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:51

It looks like Redshank - Polygonum persicaria, or one of it's relatives. Common weeds in arable land.

Advice about the pond

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:34

I've just taken a large piece of garden netting, threaded two long bamboo canes through the netting on two opposite sides and placed the netting gently over the pond, including the plants.  Every few days, when there's an accumulation of leaves on the netting I lift the netting using the bamboo canes and tip the leaves off onto the lawn and rake them up.  The pond plants, even the tall ones, seem to survive unscathed.

I check the netting at least a couple of times a day to make sure no birds or animals have become entangled.

What is this shrub please

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:29

It looks like one of the variegated Weigelas. 

Several shrubs are flowering out of season at the moment as they're confused by the cool spell we had in August.  Weigela usually flowers in late spring/early summer and should be pruned after flowering.  Details here

Monty Don

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 14:30

You can buy them at Bygones Auctions too Scroll down to Lot 9033


plant identification

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 14:03

When I grew it I  let the birds have them


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 12:14
Fidget sounds like you're having an interesting time
Hmm, roast lamb? Just about to send OH shopping...

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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
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ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
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Do bees become addicted? 
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Copper tape

What do your slugs make of it? 
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