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Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:38

I have always used Glyphosate as a weedkiller,mainly because it works!

I only have a spray bottle (which lasts ages) and only use it when I can't dig the weed out.On my lawn I use Clopyralid,again only in a spray and only when I need it.

Now I am trying to find alternatives as Glyphosate (and Clopyralid) as both have a very bad press.

Digging weeds out is of course best but not always practical.

Salt (and vinegar) could be used on paths etc but could the run off hurt other plants?

What do you use?

Last edited: 20 May 2016 16:39:16

What would you do?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 13:26

I think if you just keep it tidy and don't spend money on it I would think the council would not mind.Of course they can claim it back at any time.

Maybe you could contact the council and see what they say?

Think of any work you do as a contribution to the local community!

Last edited: 19 May 2016 13:27:27

Frost forecast

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 19:54

Down here on the Isle of Wight the forecast says that night temperature may get as low as 7°C on Saturday but hardly frosty!! 

My new garden 'room'

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 15:48

Looks lovely!

Very sunny and does look secluded.Once all the plants get going it will be a really nice spot! 

Growbag or multi-purpose?

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 15:45

Since growbags seem to be considerably cheaper than multi-purpose compost does anyone use them in place of compost?

The Durstons growbags I get from the milkman always seem to be good quality and I have used them as soil conditioner etc.This year I have some quite large pots to fill (and can't find enough polystyrene to bulk it up) so am using it to fill pots and then topping off with 'good' compost.

Anyone else do this? Is there something special/different about growbags?

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 15:38

In previous years my Brunnera have been beautiful (odd sluggy nibble but not a lot).

This year was particularly wet when the leaves were just starting so good for slugs,so I'm hoping it is just conditions this year having an adverse effect!

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 23:44

Thanks,I shall do that tomorrow! 

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 22:04

I have Brunnera 'Jack Frost' which is usually lovely this time of year.However the slugs have eaten most of the leaves leaving just a couple of flower spikes!

Would it be OK to cut the plant right back now and hope that new leaves form for the summer?

pet companions

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:59

This is our lovely bunny called Nala.She was my daughters rabbit first but as she was too busy all the time with work etc. so my son gradually started to look after her.This is wonderful as my son is 30 and has Aspergers Syndrome and spends most of his time on his computer and does not mix with other people well.He now feeds her,cleans her cage out and generally worries about her (in a good way!).

We can't have a cat as my son is allergic to them and we can't have a dog as I have a lifelong fear of dogs,so Nala is great for us both!

Viburnum tinus help

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:43

It looks as if the shrub was quite large when you planted it,was it transplanted from somwhere else?

I would keep it well watered as the roots may not have spread out too far yet.

I would also trim off some of the dead bits and the spent blooms.You still seem to have a good bit of green leaves.

It may have put its all into flowering and just got a bit stressed out!

They seem to be pretty resilient plants and you could always cut it back a bit harder later on.

Last edited: 12 May 2016 21:43:54

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Glyphosate alternative

...and Clopyralid 
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Cut back now? 
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Pond ice prevention

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Soil mixes for summer baskets.

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Succulent ID's please:)

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2 x Crassula ID's please.

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Plant ID for this bonsai please.

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What is safe? 
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