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I was looking to spray something to kill all the weeds and grass on a small area to plant a food plot. I was wondering what is the best thing to use? Should I just buy RoundUp?

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

RoundUp or a generic brand with approximately the same percentage of active ingredient (Glyphosate). You'll probably want to use some kind of crop oil as well...this will make the herbicide more effective by warming the plant, thus allowing more of the herbicide to be absorbed. Good luck with the food plot!

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from squirrelgirl wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

i've heard plain ole salt water will do it if you wanna go green. but I've never tried it (I've got a honey who's addicted to weed whackin' so there isn't much grass left where we're at)

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from brettminer wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

In my experience roundup works best on herbaceous plant growth. Depending on where you want to put your food plot roundup should do the trick and will allow you to plant soon after your application since it breaks down so quickly. The most green way would be to just mow it and plant without tilling or disking.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

YES sir Roundup Extend is top.s go to the top of the page click on tree stand click down to food plots.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Roundup Herbicide is what we use to kill unwanted grasses and weeds..Good Luck on your food plot!!!

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from Ernest Goes Fishing7 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Round up is good to use,as long as you get the type that doesnt hang around,Round up makes a few that will keep anything from growing in a treated area for several months....also depending on the type of field grass/weeds it may take several days to begin killing the plants...
We have about a 1 acre food plot at our camp,and for a quick kill we mix the round-up concentrate in a 20 gallon pull behind sprayer,once its mixed we add 1/2 gallon of diesel fuel and a small 8oz bottle of dish soap....the soap allows the diesel fuel to mix with the water.the diesel will heat up and burn anything green,especially on a nice sunny day..a few days and everything is dead,and a few more days its all dry,we then just burn off the dead grass/weeds,and drag a spring harth or box blade across it to loosen the soil....then fertilize and plant....
If you dont like the thoughts of using a little diesel fuel you can switch out to using cooking oil.

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from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

you got it just try to get the lower powered type and maybe hit the spot up with the weed trimmer instead

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from country road wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Use a standard glysophate (Roundup) and add 2,4D for the tougher broadleaf weeds. A commercial surfactant is beneficial. There is no residual effect from this mix.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Round Up formiulations such as the original Round Up Max formulation will do the job just fine. Round Up Max comes with a suitable surfactant load to do the job without added surfactant. Some generic formulations will require the addition of surfactants.

Formulations like the Round Up Extended control have additional herbicides that provide residual control that may interfere with crop planted follwing your burn down with the glyphosate product.

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from johnycakes wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Use distilled vinegar. I think round up is playing a role in wiping out my dad's honey bees.

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

round up is all you'd need to get it done, as was mentioned dont get the long lasting type as your food plot wont grow, as johnycakes vinegar will work as a herbicde if you chose this route find one with the highest acidic level, and be forwarned it dosnt work as well on established weeds.

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

For some reason...I can't imagine someone buying as much vinegar as it would take to effectively spray a food plot...I don't know about the whole diesel idea either. Deer are what they eat, and the last thing I'd want my deer ingesting is diesel fuel...biodiesel maybe since it's just used cooking oil.

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from lawdawg wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Keep in mind that roundup will kill everthing and may prevent anything from growing for a period of time. Go to your local tactor supply store and by a 2-4-D concentrate. This will not affect the planting and will kill just about anything. It's also safe for your garden. Check to make sure you don't need a applicator's license in you state.

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

RoundUp or a generic brand with approximately the same percentage of active ingredient (Glyphosate). You'll probably want to use some kind of crop oil as well...this will make the herbicide more effective by warming the plant, thus allowing more of the herbicide to be absorbed. Good luck with the food plot!

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from brettminer wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

In my experience roundup works best on herbaceous plant growth. Depending on where you want to put your food plot roundup should do the trick and will allow you to plant soon after your application since it breaks down so quickly. The most green way would be to just mow it and plant without tilling or disking.

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from country road wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Use a standard glysophate (Roundup) and add 2,4D for the tougher broadleaf weeds. A commercial surfactant is beneficial. There is no residual effect from this mix.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Round Up formiulations such as the original Round Up Max formulation will do the job just fine. Round Up Max comes with a suitable surfactant load to do the job without added surfactant. Some generic formulations will require the addition of surfactants.

Formulations like the Round Up Extended control have additional herbicides that provide residual control that may interfere with crop planted follwing your burn down with the glyphosate product.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

i've heard plain ole salt water will do it if you wanna go green. but I've never tried it (I've got a honey who's addicted to weed whackin' so there isn't much grass left where we're at)

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

YES sir Roundup Extend is top.s go to the top of the page click on tree stand click down to food plots.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Roundup Herbicide is what we use to kill unwanted grasses and weeds..Good Luck on your food plot!!!

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from Ernest Goes Fishing7 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Round up is good to use,as long as you get the type that doesnt hang around,Round up makes a few that will keep anything from growing in a treated area for several months....also depending on the type of field grass/weeds it may take several days to begin killing the plants...
We have about a 1 acre food plot at our camp,and for a quick kill we mix the round-up concentrate in a 20 gallon pull behind sprayer,once its mixed we add 1/2 gallon of diesel fuel and a small 8oz bottle of dish soap....the soap allows the diesel fuel to mix with the water.the diesel will heat up and burn anything green,especially on a nice sunny day..a few days and everything is dead,and a few more days its all dry,we then just burn off the dead grass/weeds,and drag a spring harth or box blade across it to loosen the soil....then fertilize and plant....
If you dont like the thoughts of using a little diesel fuel you can switch out to using cooking oil.

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from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

you got it just try to get the lower powered type and maybe hit the spot up with the weed trimmer instead

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from johnycakes wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Use distilled vinegar. I think round up is playing a role in wiping out my dad's honey bees.

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

round up is all you'd need to get it done, as was mentioned dont get the long lasting type as your food plot wont grow, as johnycakes vinegar will work as a herbicde if you chose this route find one with the highest acidic level, and be forwarned it dosnt work as well on established weeds.

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

For some reason...I can't imagine someone buying as much vinegar as it would take to effectively spray a food plot...I don't know about the whole diesel idea either. Deer are what they eat, and the last thing I'd want my deer ingesting is diesel fuel...biodiesel maybe since it's just used cooking oil.

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from lawdawg wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Keep in mind that roundup will kill everthing and may prevent anything from growing for a period of time. Go to your local tactor supply store and by a 2-4-D concentrate. This will not affect the planting and will kill just about anything. It's also safe for your garden. Check to make sure you don't need a applicator's license in you state.

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