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Apply Herbicide with Brush When Weeds Are Close to Good Plants.

By CarolineScott
August 15, 2014

We often have a situation in which difficult weeds are growing too close to our good plants, and herbicide spray might drift to the good plants. Herbicide application can be handled by brushing the herbicide solution onto the weeds.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 15, 2014 4:38 AM CST
I just did that to some grass that was growing in my creeping phlox. It worked pretty good, but had to make sure none of the herbicide dripped as I was brushing. Pulling out the grass would not have gotten the roots, so this was the only way to get to it.
Vickie
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Aug 15, 2014 6:28 PM CST
IMHO, this is the best solution. That being said, it is always best to research the product you are using. Some have no soil life, while others can remain active in the soil, therefor damaging roots in the vacinity, while others only work by vascular action. Read the MSDS (material data safety sheet).
History: I spent 18 of my 20 years in freeway landscape going to classes and seminars for my pesticide applicators license. We didn't use Pesticides, but we did use lots of herbicides. What I learned from it mostly was that all the lower forms of life, like viruses, pathogens, and weeds adapt faster than the chemical companies can keep up, and many of the chemicals are at least as harmful to the planet as the current cure. If you use any type of chemicals, rotate them. It is hard to do when you find something that works, but it won't work forever. The same applies to antibiotics.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 16, 2014 6:37 AM CST
Good information to know Carol.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 16, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Yes, I am with you on that Carol.
I only use on very difficult weeds which can not be just pulled out.
The MSDS are good references on any chemical which might harm living things.
They should probably provide one when we purchase the herbicide.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Aug 16, 2014 6:49 PM CST
Caroline, I agree. They should, but they don't. Some of that stuff can render the earth sterile for ever. With a bit of research, the MSDS can be found, and if it can't you don't want to use it!

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