Glyphosate will kill weeds and grass in garden beds, kill weeds in paths, and kill any other unwanted plant. It is the most well known and most widely used non selective herbicide for home use, civil use, and agriculture use around the world. Glyphosate is highly effective in killing almost all types of both plants and weeds in most environments.
As already mentioned, Glyphosate is a NON SELECTIVE herbicide, which means it will almost certainly kill any plant it comes into contact with. Never use on lawns. When spraying, always ensure no overspray lands on any wanted plants or lawns, and never spray on windy days.
The most common use for Glyphosate around the home is for killing weeds or spreading lawn runners in paths, paving and rockeries. Within these environments, weeds are most often easily separated from any surrounding plants, or stand alone without other foliage nearby. These environments are ideal for the use of Glyphosate, a quick single spray can knock out the weeds with ease without any danger of killing other plants that may be nearby from accidental over spray.
In many cases the only other alternative to remove weeds or spreading lawn runners from these types of places is often hand removal or whipper snipping the weeds. However these methods are often fruitless as many weed types can regenerate from the left over roots that remains in the ground. As for invading lawn runners, they may have more runners underground that cannot be seen and are left behind to regenerate again, or their runners may be deeply rooted between the cracks of paving that cannot be removed at all. For these reasons, Glyphosate is the only choice for total control of these weed problems.
Glyphosate application is by a simple gardening spray bottle which can be purchased at a wide variety of retail outlets, a quick spray will generally suffice. Results will be seen within a week, with most weeds dead by 2 weeks. Try not to spray glyphosate if rain (or reticulation) is expected within 24 hours of application.
By now, many may be saying they have never heard of this herbicide called Glyphosate, and may wonder where to get it. Popular brand names of this product are Roundup and Zero. There is no need to be loyal to these two brand names when purchasing this product, Glyphosate is the same, and works the same regardless of what name is on the packet, so save some dollars and buy the cheaper product wherever possible.
However, it can be sold in different concentrations, usually 180 and 360, 360 is the standard strength, and purchasing a weaker Glyphosate product just means twice as much will need to be used in application, always buy the 360 strength.
Glyphosate can be purchased at almost any retail outlet which sell garden products. It is sold in both pre-mixed ready to spray versions, and concentrate versions. Ready to spray products usually cost around $20 for 2 litres ($10 per litre). The concentrated product is usually around $10 for 1 litre, however that 1 litre will make around 100 litres of herbicide when mixed with water. When purchased with a spray bottle for another $10, this single purchase can last home owners for all their herbicide use for several years! We strongly recommend the purchase of the concentrated product!
In relation to Glyphosate, people often ask if it's safe for the garden, safe for pets, or safe for children.
We make no claims as to the safe use of this product, always follow manufacturers instructions.
However, the product is easily available to homeowners to purchase, so it is regarded by Australian Regulatory Authorities as a fairly safe poison for people to use responsibly within a home environment.
Glyphosate does not stay in the soil, the sense of smell of most pets can be up to 10,000 times greater than humans, animals use this sense of smell to detect what is safe and not safe to eat, so we can rest assure that pets will know instinctively not too consume this substance.
As for children, it is a poison, so be extremely careful, after keeping kids away from the glyphosate sprayed weeds for a period of time (usually a few days to a week), it will be safe for our kids to play in the vicinity again - but please stay safe and always check manufacturers instructions for specific safety information first.