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Jun 6, 2020 6:30 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
So we have weeds growing in between our rocks. My mom does not want me to dig them up, because we plastic wrap under there. We will be renovating our front yard next year. But we want these weeds gone. My mom wants to call someone to spray them, but I am afraid of herbicide drift killing our other plants, as well as our lemon tree.

So I'm asking if there is any solution that I can spray to kill them. And maybe cover them, and for how long?

Please and thank you!
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Jun 6, 2020 7:55 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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I was dumb once and sprayed some plants with PAM cooking spray, thinking it was like horticultural oil. The plants got 'fried' in the sun. Could try it, non toxic.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:18 PM CST
Name: Bob
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In a stone area like that a weed torch would work well.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:21 PM CST
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
Please do NOT use a weed torch. It is too dry and the humidity too low in California for it to be safe, even in the middle of a pile of rocks.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:23 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
I have a torch for soldering copper pipe, but how would that kill the plant beneath the surface. It would be the same as if I just cut the surface part off. It could just regrow from the roots.

I like the idea. But I am sure the weeds would be back in a couple weeks.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:46 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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NJBob said:In a stone area like that a weed torch would work well.
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Jun 6, 2020 9:56 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
The plastic under there is useless, doing nothing.
Get a vegetation kill and a two gallon pump sprayer.
pump it up and keep it close, CLOSE , to the ground spraying just enough to make the weeds damp.
Make sure it does not rain for at least 24 hours after and the weeds will die.
Now it is not one and done with weeds in rocks like that as seeds will still be there so this could take some time to totally get rid of them.
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Jun 6, 2020 11:23 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
Lol sumire.
I don't use a torch w/o a full water bottle and a soaked towel near me. And I poke a hole in cap so it can double as a sprayer!

Plus, I don't see how it would work anyways.
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Jun 6, 2020 11:26 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
Yeah, we know now how useless rocks and plastic are!

The previous owner had them before we moved in, in 2005.

But we would've done it anyways because we didn't know. But NOW we know! Haha
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