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Weed killer - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Weed killer
I was just watching a commercial for a weedkiller "so strong that even the rain can't stop it!" You spray it on the weed, and it's so strong that downpour won't get it out of that root, and...

Is it just me, or is it really kind of scary to put poison in the ground that's too strong for the rain to wash away, just to get rid of a weed? To me, a little dandelion is a lot less scary.
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effervescent From: effervescent Date: May 18th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
o_o No kidding. If it doesn't leave the root, then what about the ground, once the plant dies? How long does it stay there, and what effect will it have on the plants around it? *shakes head* And yet you just know that people are going to buy it because of that selling point.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
The plants around it, the animals that feed the bacteria in the soil... it's just weird.
matril From: matril Date: May 18th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
The only plant I can justify spraying to death is poison ivy. Otherwise, yeah, it's pretty nuts to be spraying left and right with toxic stuff that's water-proof. Eep!
From: octobersnow Date: May 18th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I may be weird, but I like weeds. My mom always used to say that 'weed' was a misnomer. It just a plant/flower growing where we don't want it to and who are we, really, to determine where plants should grow. (Surprisingly, she could say this and not be a hippy.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, some are parasitic. Then again, so are orchids.

I'm a conservahippy--I've never gotten the appeal of a perfectly uniform lawn.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: May 18th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
That's one of the big attractions about moving to the mountains - we don't have to worry about having a weird uniform outcropping of Kentucky Bluegrass any more (what with the drought we had, we didn't maintain it, but still,) and we won't get citations for growing a lot of oregano.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, suburbanites are in a bind--even if they like dandelions, they're often forced to kill them. It's the same sort of rule that says you can't hang your clothes to dry. In other words... ooo-kay.

I do believe in keeping a nice yard and so on, to keep the neighborhood pleasant. I just don't know why a dandelion or two is supposed to make a yard not nice! And when my landlord in Buffalo had the front yard sprayed, I got sick every damned year. Dandelions never made me sick.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: May 18th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
A family across the street found a loophole in the yard regulations and made their yard a desert landscape. It was pretty neat, definitely prettied up the neighborhood more than our place.

I was raising hell about getting rid of the dandelions and this whispy white flower I know only as "poons", but we also had bindweed. We just pulled and disentangled it, though, no pesticides, and certainly no freaky-deaky residual pesticides. Eww.
ashavah From: ashavah Date: May 18th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
*nods* A rose in the wrong place is a weed. I happen to find many weeds very nice to look at. Some of them are bad, but others are pretty harmless.
siskiou From: siskiou Date: May 18th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely scary!
We'll poison ourselves slowly, but surely. Not to even speak of other earth inhabitants.
We love dandelions here! Free food for our house bunnies and easy to grow!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the same people who poison weeds probably don't want the bunny rabbits around, either. (Granted, rabbits can do some damage, but that's part of living in the world with other animals.)

But yeah... I like dandelions. They look very cheerful, and keep the lawn from looking so sterile and fake. And you can make bouquets of them, and blow on the seeds to make a wish. Dandelion greens have an interesting flavor on steak sandwiches, too.
greyashowl From: greyashowl Date: May 18th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Short of some sort of Chernobyl occuring in your garden, it's never as strong as they say it is. The weeds always grow back.
other_girl87 From: other_girl87 Date: May 20th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
But that doesn't make it any less toxic...herbicides and pesticides are downright nasty and way overused. And if the weeds just grow back anyways, why not just pull them up? I dunno. Chemicals scare me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 23rd, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
The rain won't wash it away, but it will breakdown into harmless chemicals in several weeks. That's why it has been a very successful herbicide. Unfortunately, in 30 seconds, commercials don't give the science behind the products.

Maureen
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