Where to buy organic herbicide in Canada (BC)

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  1. Stressed

    Stressed New Member

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    Hi, I am interested in buying organic herbicide spray that uses concentrated vinegar and oils. I've researched the brands Avenger and Burn Out and they only seem to be available in the States. I'm also interested in trying an organic herbicide that uses iron such as Whitney Farm Lawn Weed Killer and Iron X. Does anyone know where to buy these in Canada? I think I could drive to Blaine Washington and buy them at their Home Depot. I'd prefer to buy them in Canada. I have broad leaf tap root weeds taking over my lawn and young kids. Thanks for your help! :)
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Dig them out by hand. Vinegar only kills the surface foliage, it doesn't kill the roots, which soon produce new leaves.

    In what way are the broad leaf tap root weeds taking over your young kids, though?
     
  3. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    Yes i agree - don’t pour stuff on the lawn /garden no matter how “natural” - if nothing else you’ll possibly end up w brown burned spots that look like pet dog pee damage

    IDEA - Go get one of those tools that help dig tap root weeds and do 10 min a day - it’s meditative and rewarding to see the actual improvement (not many of us work in that realm today )

    And also in all seriousness - as kids we were terrifically motivated and focussed on task by the “nickel per weed “ (yes that $ worked for slugs too )
     
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    Thanks Michael and Georgia Strait for your tips. I’ve bought a fiskars weed tool which works pretty good. The weeds are just too hardy though. Part of the tap root is left behind and then they come back in a week. I thought about pouring a little vinegar into each hole? Or maybe a crumpled ball of newspaper and some dirt on top? I really have no idea how to rein them in. But, I’m willing to put in a good clean fight. I should probably put grass seed down once I’ve pulled them. I think my neighbors lawns are fairly weedless because their grass is thick.
     
  5. Georgia Strait

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    How large is your area?
    Is it an old lawn or new subdivision turf?

    I think solve your weed removal first (see jpg)

    Then address the new lawn seed etc ... if it’s all compacted old and contractor trucks etc have driven over it - well that’s a struggle that likely needs remediation

    I started w a happy professional lawn nr Vancouver 8 yr ago and now it is half moss and half clover w few weeds that I try to dig out before flowers go to seed

    So if you have dandelions blooming today - better get going soon and dispose of weeds appropriately per your city bylaws

    I have a tool like this photo jpg attached - it’s waist height - you place the center pole over weed - step on claw base in proper footwear (no flip flops ) so the claws go into the soil - twist - bend at waist and remove the weed and roots and put in your weed bucket

    Pat the divet back on and move to next weed and repeat ... do a square yard (meter) in 5 min!

    I’ve used this tool on dandelions and plantain and some other weed that had small purple flowers ... I think clover would be whole other story (I like clover)

    I know this sounds like work and yes it takes effort that depends on your lawn size - in my experience, it is the best solution and gets the kids outside too !
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The other option of course is to learn to like the wild flowers in your lawn, and enjoy the wildlife they attract
     
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