No matter how hard you pound, the square peg will not fit the round
There is no AC powered tool appropriate for this job. Get her over her
irrational fear of gas power tools, buy a 4-stroke Cub Cadet brush
trimmer, teach her proper maintenance, and off she goes.
Instead of just knocking the weeds down, though, you really should be
looking at ways to KILL them. Insanity is defined as performing the
same task over and over and expecting a different result. Cutting the
weeds down obviously isn't working, as they just grow back faster.
Nup. Look up 'Stubborn' in the dictionary.
You will see a picture of my friend.
I bought her a 4 stroke gas lawn mower.
She sold it in a garage sale.
That 4 stroke brush trimmer is the exact right tool for you and me.
Ain't gonna work for my friend.
I agree. Several applications of Roundup has not affected these
plants. I suggested several times that the soil pH can be readjusted
to be 'weed unfriendly' in this vacant lot. She is not a great
"ROUNDUP"..the Generic version (about half the cost of the "real"
stuff )available at WalMart labelled "Eliminator" Weed & Grass Killer , 41%
Get a quart for $ 14.97 or half gallon for less than $ 30, mix it in your
Tank sprayer at about 5 oz/2 gal and kill 'em dead ! They won't be back..
NOT USING THE RIGHT MIXTURE..Dont use RTU..get the 41% and use 5 OZ per 2
gal tank sprayer. After they're dead, you have to remove all the
debris/seeds etc. Dormant seeds are not killed by Roundup..they'll sprout
after a good rain. It may take a few cycles to get them all but it will
The lady had successfully used mix - it - yourself Roundup
for many years against several kinds of weeds.
She knows how to do that properly. Several applications
later, these weeds still stand. If she has not gotten
a counterfeit jug of Roundup, we exhausted the potential
of that particular chemical.
Full strength Roundup is 50.2% glyphosate. I buy it in a gallon jug at
Home Depot for $110.
Eliminator is not a bad deal, but it is not the same product. If you
try and kill a stand of bamboo, you'll experience the difference!
I suspect that the Roundup we purchased over
the last year or so has been counterfeit.
I recall that Roundup used to be very effective against
weeds. These weeds are very happy sucking it up.
That works for me but not for my friend.
Perhaps you have seen a non-aficionado struggle
with starting a small gas engine? It is very frustrating
for them because they can't do the 'Briggs Mind Meld'
necessary to set the machine up properly and they don't
have the troubleshooting ability necessary to recover when
the motor becomes flooded, etc.
You can guarantee that a non-aficionado will manage to set
the choke exactly wrong for any ambient temperature!
My friend has no interest in the physics of gas engines.
I understand that it is possible, on an intellectual level,
to not like little gas engines.
My friend will happily use a corded tool however.
The nature of the damage is purely mechanical.
The Grasshog is expensive but very cheaply made.
Little shattered plastic parts.
I freely admit that the tool was never made for this
level of abuse, however.
There are probably contractors who can mow and later spray the stuff.
I'd try to call some. Does she intend to keep the weeds and just keep
mowing or cutting, or does she have a plan to change the landscaping?
She has no plan to change the landscaping.
She just wants to keep the plot flattened.
I find it more than a little suspicious that these weeds should
pop up on her property and not on any of the surrounding
neighbor's land. I'm keeping that thought to myself however.
I've known her for nearly 30 years; I suspect she
will continue buying and breaking N+1 A.C. weed whackers.
She does make *some* headway with the little whackers.
On average, she clears about 5% as much square footage as I
can using my 2 stroke brush cutter in the same amount of time.
I offered to go back and clear the weeds again but she *wants
to do it herself*.
Oh Well. :)
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