Posted: 11/05/2015 at 09:43
I don't like glyphosate either but in extreme cases it has its uses as long as people stick to the recommended doses. Residue in the soil is inert but does get washed into waterways and then it's a problem as is over concentrating the spray mix which has led to cancers and birth defects in 3rd world countries.
My garden is surrounded by arable land and pasture so couch grass, nettles and teh rest are constantly present. For two years I was unable to garden much following neck surgery for a slipped disk and then having both feet reconstructed. The weeds had a fine time invading but 2 years on they are under control in all except one large bed round a natural pond that we haven't really tackled.
Constant vigilance is needed and some refereeing when the roots get entangled in the roots of treasures but you can win without chemicals.