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Re: Round-Up question

  • Subject: Re: Round-Up question
  • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 23:10:57 -0400

Hi Narda,
       That sounds pretty unusual for Roundup/Glyphosphate, even if they
were using it at way beyond the recommended rate. I wonder if they were'nt
using something stronger and just said it was Roundup. There are extremely
powerful herbicides out there for use where roads are being built and such.
Those will kill almost any fauna that contacts them. Roundup is a product to
which plants have varying sensitivity. Hostas are not very sensitive to it.
Contact with the bark or roots of large trees, especially different large
trees doesn't seem likely to do that kind of damage.
       Our host and overly silent moderator Dan has a story about some
maintenance guys who wanted to use some stronger stuff. Feel like telling us
that one, Dan?
                                            ...........Bill Meyer

> In a message dated 7/2/2004 7:14:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> njhosta@hotmail.com writes:
>    What do you know about which shrubs and trees might be most
> vulnerable? Are any known to have serious problems with Surflan or
> I'm a little nervous with them around Rhododendrons and Azaleas because of
> the numerous small roots near the surface, but are there any we should be
> especially careful about?
> Bill,
> Not Gregory here but can tell you a story that might answer your question.
> My sister was the horticulturist for one of the big horse farms in KY.
> said that they killed a bunch of trees by spraying around the base
routinely with
> roundup.  This included everything from big oaks to poplars and sycamores
> etc.  When the farm manager brought it up with her she recalled that they
> crew were doing this and put two and two together.  Since there is no need
for a
> license to spray roundup she was not needed to do the spraying in this
> instance.
> I am very careful about spraying around anything that I value, trees
> Narda
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