Roundup Was Re: [gardeners] New members

Carol J. Bova (
Wed, 27 Jun 2001 00:37:21 -0700

I just bought some to try on the bermuda grass growing in from the 
neighbor's yard. (Shame lilies of the valley won't do well in our heat and 
sun! I'd prefer them to the grass!)

Seriously, though, here's a link to Roundup product info including MSDS.

I've used it for 8 years in the cemetery I manage, and in another formerly 
abandoned one that we maintain for the community. The abandoned one is 6 
acres of sections with concrete raised beds over the graves and concrete 
walks in between, and occasional patches of just plain dirt that attracts 
weeds. We use the Roundup to control the weeds in the gravel road and in 
the cracks in the concrete as well as the empty areas.  In our cemetery, we 
have about 8 acres to keep clear.

So far, it's the safest agent I've found. It does not translocate in soil, 
and we've used it in spot applications as well as generalized spraying. 
There is no lasting effect on the soil... add new plants or seeds, and they 
grow!  It dries on the plants in 2 hours, and is rainfast after that. It's 
relatively non-toxic (although I have the men use gloves and simple masks 
like you'd use when you paint, and wash up afterwards.) It binds to soil 
and so won't contaminate the water table which was important to me. 
Monsanto says allow 1 day for replanting ornamentals, 3 for veggies. It 
works best on actively growing plants.

Sunland, CA Sunset Zone 19
(work - Los Angeles Sunset Zone 22 on the edge of 23)

><snip> the major problem I have with the community plot is that
>it was neglected for a number of years so now there is some poison ivy and 
>porcelain berry growing along the fence that abuts my plot.  I'm going to 
>wait until fall before I try digging out the porcelain berry and
>I have yet to try and get rid of the poison ivy. I know I can try "round 
>up" but I'm unsure as to the lasting affect on the soil.
>Stacey in DC