Friday, August 01, 2008

Fortuna Hates Weeds

Some folks in Fortuna are getting fed up with weeds on some properties down there, according to the Humboldt Beacon. What I'd like to know is whether the weeds on the properties referred to are on the pavement or the yards? Anybody know which properties the complaints refer to and just what the weed problems consist of?

We all have our pet peeves. One of mine is weeds in the cracks of sidewalks that are allowed to grow unchecked. I noticed a lot of that on some sections of H Street in Eureka. No, I won't be complaining but it's too bad at least someone living along those stretches can't buy some Roundup and spray the weeds every now and then. I do that on the sidewalks around my house.


At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, you asked, "What I'd like to know is whether the weeds on the properties referred to are on the pavement or the yards?"

It seems clear the article is about weeds growing tall and drying in people's yards, where they pose a fire hazard.

I agree with you about weeds. Weeds in sidewalk cracks, and weeds growing up in the gutters of the streets, make a house and a neighborhood look seedy, run-down, uncared-for.

If a whole town, like, Oh, Say, Eureka, has a lot of weeds, it gives the impression that nobody cares.

But many of us do care. And once in a while, we pull a weed.

I say to all Eurekans, Prove you love Eureka! Pull a weed today!

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Weeding is such a satisfying experience.

At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Dupont said...

Roundup really improves the look of a place. One day you have live green weeds, and the next day you have dead brown weeds.


At 6:31 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Indeed Roundup does do the job and, after you kill the weeds and remove them with a string trimmer, they're gone for good.

I've always thought it's rather silly when I see people with a shovel or something along that line scraping the gutter or sidewalk to clear them of weeds. Without killing them first, they grow back within a week so it's a waste of time.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roundup. I find it doesn't work as well as it used to. Can anybody suggest a more effective product?

Also, Roundup, when it needs to be used on waxy-leafed weeds, is more effective if a few drops of dish soap are added before spraying.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Fred said...

It doesn't seem any less effective to me. Are you using the already mixed kind? If so, I know I don't think that's very effective stuff. I tried some ready mix Roundup on morning glory and it didn't work whereas mixing my own from concentrate at 4oz to the gallon works quite well.

The instructions recommend between 3 to 6 gallons to the gallon. I suspect the ready mixed stuff is mixed at the lower concentration.

Dish soap, or Murphy's Oil Soap works ok for a sticking agent, but sometimes even that doesn't work. I believe Lilly- Miller is the one that makes Stay-em-Stuck(?). That works real well. You just mix something like a tablespoon of the stuff to a gallon of whatever you're spraying and it really sticks.

Unfortunately, I've often only seen it sold in combination with dormant fruit tree sprays when I have found it. I think Green Lot Nursery out in Cutten sells it by the single bottle, though. That's where I bought my first bottle.

One thing to keep in mind is this stuff really sticks. If you use it with Roundup and accidentally get some on a non- target plant, you might have a real problem.

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Fred. I appreciate your advice. If only my sprayer was bigger! When you wrote, "The instructions recommend between 3 to 6 gallons to the gallon" I knew I was going to have to get a bigger sprayer! (Just joshing, of course!)

You know, I think you are right about the ready-mixed Roundup being weaker than the concentrate. I'll go back to the concentrate!

Happy Spraying!

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are suppose to pull the weeds first. THEN apply the Roundup. That way the all the Roundup is focusing on killing the roots and not wasting time on killing the foliage. Always check the weather forecast before applying. If there has been rain in the last 24 hours, or rain is predicted within 24 hours, the Roundup will be too diluted to have any effect.

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Not true at all. Roundup is what's known as a "translocated" herbicide. It goes through the leaves, is absorbed through those leaves, and finds its way to the roots where it kills them.

I can't be 100% sure, but spraying Roundup on roots won't likely do anything.


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