Much Confusion About Zero - Apr 09, 2008

Lots of weeds start to grow in Autumn so you may be planning on purchasing a weed killer soon. Ready to use weed killers are proving popular with customers because there is no messy mixing. The leading Ready to use weed killer is " Zero " but be careful there is also a Zero ready to use " once a year path weeder " and it's in exactly the same coloured bottle. The packaging and labelling are very similar so sometimes customers are purchasing the wrong product by accident. Ready to use Zero is made from Glyphosphate and you can safely spray the weeds in your garden with this and it doesn't poison the soil.

Zero " once a year path weeder " however is made from Amitrole and Simazine. Amitrole is absorbed by the foliage and kills existing growth. Simazine is a long term soil poison which is absorbed by the roots. Simazine can stay in the soil for up to 12 months. This product was designed to be used on paths and pavers only. If you use this product in your garden by mistake it can kill your much loved trees and shrubs.

If you have bought a Zero Ready To Use weed killer recently read the bottle carefully before you use it . If this is all to confusing talk to a horticulturist at your local garden centre for expert advice.

Tim Pickles is a Horticulturist and Director of Tim's Garden Centre 2 Queen St Campbelltown 46267022.