weed and bush around lake - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mwreeves2829
May 18, 2010
I have about 190 yards of lake front at my home and i want to know what is can safely spray or spread at the edge of the yard next to the lake to kill the weeds, grass, stickers, and some kind of bush that grows like wild fire at the edge. since my husband passed away and i have to do all of the yard work myself. I am not able to weedeat along the edge of the lake and dont want to harm the fish

Answer from NGA
May 18, 2010
Pulling and hoeing the weeds is the least toxic way of dealing with them; pouring boiling water on the weeds is next on the list. Boiling water will kill the weeds, but you need to be careful not to splash it on yourself. Flaming is also a non-toxic way of killing weeds. You don't want to actually incinerate the weeds but to simply pass the heat source over the tops, close enough to heat the fluids within the tissues which will then burst and kill the weeds. The last defense is using an herbicide. A number of products including glyphosate are safe for use on stream banks and near lakes. These include Roundup Biactive, Weedmaster, Duo and Weedmaster 360. These are all non-selective herbicides. Other herbicides with glyphosate contain chemicals known as surfactants that are not safe for aquatic organisms. Be sure to read the product label and choose one that is safe to use near streams and lakes. Good luck with your project!

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