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RE: odds and ends

chris, we usually make two roundup applications, one week apart, before we do anything with the bed. we mix the roundup strictly to label directions, which tends to be a bit on the weak side. but you want roundup a bit on the weak side because you don't want to kill the leaves. you want the grass and weeds to absorb the stuff and kill the roots. two strict label applications at week apart will do that.

depending on what you are dispatching with roundup, you may want to incorporate a pre-emergent in the second application. might as well kill off the grass and weed seeds, too.

At 02:04 PM 4/23/03 -0400, you wrote:
Hi everybody!

I've been outside trying to finish the fall and winter clean up!  It's
only about 55 degrees and the wind is blowing!  I'm taking a break to
warm up a bit before venturing out again. I carefully sprayed Roundup on
a small area where I want to plant daylilies.  It's all grass right now.
The directions say that it works best at 60 degrees or more, but I'm
desperate!  I hope to own a Honda mini tiller by tomorrow and then I'll
till that area.  Does anybody know if you have to kill the grass first?
I thought that if I till, plant and then mulch well, I might not have to
first do the Roundup thing.  What do you all say?

Just purchased Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata", figwort, at Home
Depot.  The tag says: large evergreen crinkled foliage splashed with
cream.  Tiny wine-red flowers July -August. 2' sun/ part shade, zone 5.
Do any of you grow it?


Long Island, NY
Zone 7

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