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Response to LWolf (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 05:05 PM

8. The Ivy gives you hives?

Or the Roundup? You definitely don't want to use RU if you're allergic. Or if you're near water...it will kill fish.

I hate to come off as pro-petrochemical, because I'm really not. What I really think is that these chemicals should be used as pinpoint and sparingly as possible. My background is in Natural Areas Management, and we do use RU, because to mulch 8" deep or to solarise 50 acres would just be unmanageable.

I have some physical limitations, so if I spend a season or two pulling and digging something(in my garden) to make it go away, and it still shows up the next season.....that's when I go to the herbicide. Right now, I have been fighting a 3 year battle with Potentilla by pulling and digging, and this season I am going to go with the herbicide, because I did diligently try to eliminate it mechanically, for 3 years.

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