NO MATTER HOW HOT & DRY IT GETS....IT DOESN'T STOP THE WEEDS!
So what do YOU do about the weeds?
Are you using safe products to protect our pollinators and our birds?
Recently I read an article that gives the "low down" on 2-4-D. This article explains that this "harmful chemical" is now being combined WITH glyphosate (Roundup) to create a product called Enlist Duo. So instead of one toxic chemical that you can use to kill the weed, now you have the combination of two. They were combined because 2-4-D alone and glyphosate alone are becoming resistant to weeds. Read it if you have the chance.
A TRUE STORY
I have a personal true story about 2-4-D that happens a couple of years ago. It goes like this.....
My neighbor (who is separated from my house by a wooded 4 acre plot of land) used to spray 2-4-D on his property. We took turns keeping the property mowed and he would first spread horse manure on the land and then go with his tractor and sprayer and apply 2-4-D. He was one of those "lawn fanatics"!
I did not know that he was spraying this concoction until one day I saw him spraying the frontage of the wooded 4 acres that divided us and he was spraying AT HIGH NOON!!
Being a Beekeeper, my blood started to boil !!
The conversation went like this:
I went out to his tractor as he came close to my property and I asked him “What the HELL he thought he was doing?”
He replied “I’m spraying weeds.
I asked “What are you spraying?” He replied “2-4-D”
ME - “Don’t you know that I am a Beekeeper?”
HIM - “Yes, but 2-4-D does not hurt bees! It is totally safe.”
ME – It does if you are spraying when the bees are foraging. Anything foraging on this grass right now has been killed by your spraying.”
He stopped spraying and went back to his property. I never saw him spray the property frontage again. I'm sure he probably still sprayed his own yard, but never the adjoining property. In fact, he never mowed the property again.
Well, I do not have to worry about him spraying anything else, because he is no longer on this earth. He went to the big pasture in the sky about a year and a ½ ago. I wonder if that 2-4-D “that does not hurt and is very safe” had something to do with his sudden departure?
WHAT I THINK IS A WEED AND WHAT YOU THINK IS A WEED, MIGHT BE DIFFERENT
So in my yard, because I am a Beekeeper and I use organic practices, I do not use any of the above harmful chemicals. I also have a very different opinion on what I consider a "weed". Most of the, so called, weeds in the landscape are actually beneficial to some sort of wildlife or can even be used for medicinal purposes. Dandelions come up all over my yard. They feed my bees and they make a pretty nice dandelion tea that is medicinally beneficial. There are also plants like Dead Nettle, Hen Bit, Comfry and an array of other "weeds" in my yard.
If they do get out of hand, and they sometimes do, I use a safe product. Something like a Vinegar, sea salt and dish detergent mix or a new product that I have discovered called Eco Blend.
The EcoBlend burndown herbicide is biodegradable and made from the fatty acids of certified organic soybean and coconut oils. It’s made locally at their facility in Pittsboro, NC. EcoBlend has submitted this product for OMRI certification but it’s already allowed for organic producers certified through QCS, ICS, Clemson, and others.
I ordered some and used it on Poison Ivy. It killed it DEAD! Some weeds might need a 2nd application, but with a product like this, I know that it is not going into my water supply. My water source is a well and I am very concerned about the condition of the water. My drinking water is filtered through an RO (Reverse Osmosis) system.
EcoBlend Weed Killer - HOMS www.homs.com/ecoblend-weed-killer.html
Give EcoBlend a try and leave the toxic stuff on the big box store shelves!!!!!!