Why You Should Avoid Using Plant Killer on Your Garden

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Plants are attacked and killed by two main types of insecticides, plant killer compounds, or herbicides. Systemic herbicides, like squat, kill everything that they touch, usually plant foliage or grass blades. The affected plants will generally die once they no longer can do photosynthesis, but herbicides do not travel down to the roots. This means that the insects do not feed from the plants as they would normally, but rather ingest the chemical and pass it on to the next insect in their food chain.

Plant Killer

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Because of this, and because of the cost of using genetically engineered crops, herbicide use is falling in many parts of the world. To avoid exposure to these chemicals, organic gardeners are using more natural weed killer known as organic soil improver, or soil enhance. While there is some controversy surrounding the safety of this weed killer, for now it seems to be the safest chemical that you can apply to your plants.

While we use plant killers on a regular basis, our modern day society has been inundated with other chemical substances, like pesticides and insecticides. We are constantly exposed to these substances, and we have even learned to make our own, such as white vinegar and acetic acid. These things are all part of the natural pest control products that we have available to us.

Glyphosate And Atrazine

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Two weed killers that we use almost exclusively are called Glyphosate and Atrazine. Both work by preventing the growth of weeds. Glyphosate is known to be highly toxic, so you should always dilute with water before applying it to the soil. Atrazine can be found in various products like sprays, so you need to also be careful when using it. Keep in mind that this herbicide is considered very dangerous if not used properly, so if you see any product that says it is safe, it probably isn’t!

Glyphosate is found in so many different products that it’s easy to assume that everything that contains it is harmless to both plants and humans. However, there have been cases in which people have become severely ill because they ingested too much of it. The effects from being exposed to large amounts of Glyphosate are varied, and it depends on the quality of the soil in an area where the weeds are growing, as well as the type of weed. For example, weeds that grow in fertile soil may show no symptoms at all, while those that grow in poor soil may die quickly after ingesting Glyphosate.

Chlorine – Popular Chemical That Is Used On Gardens

Another popular chemical that is used on gardens, lawns, and parks is the chemical called Chlorine. It’s a common ingredient in detergents, soaps, pool cleansers, and even bleach. Although chlorine is extremely effective at killing off bacteria, it can also kill grass and other natural vegetation in your garden or in your yard. If you have ever had a close call with a weed in your yard, then chlorination may have played a role. If you haven’t and you live in an area where there are problems with insects, birds, and animals carrying diseases, then chlorine is a likely culprit.

Vinegar has been used for centuries to kill weeds and pests by applying it to the soil. It works by creating a thick sludge that prevents soil pores from functioning properly. Weed killers like Weed Killers Plus will also work by using vinegar to thin out the tall grass, kill weeds, and reduce plant material that is too dense for your soil. Many organic gardeners have found that applying salt to the soil before using herbicide can help make weed killers more effective. If you do want to use salt, make sure that you only apply a small amount to prevent the salt from soaking into the soil and killing the plant material.

Bottom Line

When you pull weeds with a weed killer, you need to be very careful. Pulling weeds with a weed puller can lead to severe bodily injuries if you do not practice proper safety precautions. Be sure that you are wearing gloves and other protective clothing before you pull weeds. Also be sure to wear a face mask to protect your lungs from the exhaust of the machine.

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