Last week, I decided to buy some Roundup Weedkiller. Here a few photographs of the results.
I was attracted to this particular product because it promised to kill weeds without harming the grass on my lawn.
The marketing “buzz line” on the bottle reads: “Kill Your Weeds, Not Your Lawn!”
Although there are various different types of Roundup, I purchased the ready-made sprayer because I don’t really have a lot of free time to devote to gardening.
Basically, I wanted something that would allow me to indiscriminately spray the weeds and let them die. I didn’t want to be purchasing a custom sprayer and measuring solutions and whatnot.
Lazy, I know!
Anyway, the product seems to work well. Although the results will vary, depending on the type of weed that you are trying to kill.
Doc Leaf weeds seem to die pretty quickly:
The above photograph was taken about 4 or 5 days after the weed had been sprayed with Roundup. As you can see, the leaves are shriveling up and turning brown and the stems are after collapsing. After about a week or so, the weed will look like so:
The leaves on the weed above are completely shriveled and the stalks are beginning to “twist”.
Usually, after about two weeks or so, the weed will become nothing more than a brown stump in the ground.
Here is another picture, which was taken 2-3 days after the area was sprayed:
Here, you can see that the leaves of the Doc Leaf weeds have started to go brown.
I’ve noticed that weeds such as buttercups and dandelions die off pretty quickly with Roundup. They are one of the first weeds to wilt and fall over. Other more-robust weeds may require a second spray, so keep that in mind before you go crazy spraying the hell out of everything!
Note that you should always apply these kind of sprays on dry days when there is no rainfall expected. Spraying the weeds an hour before a rain shower washes them off would only be a waste of money!
Overall, I recommend this if you’re just looking for something that can keep the weeds at bay until you’re ready to address the reasons that they are there in the first place.
Update 2020: I no longer recommend the use of pesticides due to the impact that they can have on bees and the environment.