John Elliott wrote:With my chemistry background, I try to understand that each molecule can have its particular uses where all others fail. With Roundup, I used to think that it was good for taking out poison ivy ... [but]... I find that if I wear gloves and use linesman's pliers to carefully pull up the poison ivy plant, I can get ALL of it and there won't be any root to pop up from.
John Elliott wrote:That's right, you can make up a pretty effective herbicide by stewing up black walnut leaves and spraying that solution on the offending weeds. But it is also nasty in its own regard, and you don't want to be ingesting that either.
D. Logan wrote: I would love to see you write up an article about all of the common issues and the healthier alternatives along with the chemist perspective. Something people could be pointed to when a situation like this comes up that lists all of the common herbicide uses and why the alternative is both healthier and just as effective.
Ricky Riccardo wrote:Brilliant topic ! I currently have a problem with my father spraying roundup all over our paving outside from his utter hate of weeds, ended up having a huge fight which caused us not to speak for months, i am looking for an alternative which would do a similar job in eradicating the weeds on the pavement, i myself understand that those weeds arent evil although im in desperate need to get him off the hands of Monsanto which is the evil one ! Any help will be kindly appreciated : )
James Miller wrote:UPDATE: So, my other neighbor who I gently lectured about spraying round-up (not the neighbor I referenced in the OP) saw that his neighbor was moving out of his house. He said to me, "Man, I hope we get someone who likes gardening and doesn't spray round up near the perimeter of my fence."
This is the same guy that was spraying round up in his own yard about 9 months ago, about 10 feet away from my yard. He's been watching me garden and has started sheet mulching just like me. He's also wild about wood chips after talking to me.
So, overall I've made a lot of progress.