Cheaper alternatives to roundup

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Roundup, a popular product of the Scotts Miracle-Gro company, a subsidiary of the Monsanto Company, can kill and prevent invasive grass, weeds, brush and even tree stumps. Roundup's retail price reflects its status as an industry leader and a widely recognisable brand name.

Lesser-known brands, as well as alternative de-weeding methods often present less expensive alternatives to the Roundup brand.

Weed and Grass Destruction

The most common and widely used de-weeding products, weeds and grass killer solutions poison the surface area and root systems of invasive weeds and grasses, causing the plants to wither and die. Products similar to Roundup's traditional weed and grass killer include TotalKill and Spectracide's weed and grass killers. These brand names' retail prices are often 10 to 40 per cent lower than that of Roundup's retail press. Additionally, regular manual lawn care, such as mowing grass and pulling weeds, results in the same end goal of de-weeding without introducing manufactured chemicals into a water table. Manual lawn care trades a monetary cost for a manual cost.

Weed and Grass Prevention

In addition to poisoning the surface and root system of invasive weeds and grasses, Roundup's weed and grass prevention also poisons the soil surrounding the root system, preventing any possible regrowth of invasive weeds and grasses. Products such as Concern's Weed Prevention Plus fertiliser provide similar results by creating a growing environment that supports noninvasive plant life, such as flowers and vegetables, while simultaneously creating a hostile growth environment for invasive weeds and grasses for up to one year. A 2.27kg. bag of Concern's fertiliser provides weed prevention for an area of land that is roughly equivalent to the area of land a 1 1/3 gallon of Roundup weed prevention could cover for one year, and it does so for under half the cost. Regular tilling of the soil not inhabited by noninvasive plants also aids in preventing the growth of invasive weeds and grasses.

Tough Brush Destruction

Tough brush constitutes a class of plants that have natural defences against manual removal, such as thorns, tough stalks or even poisonous chemical residues. Roundup's tough brush killers work in much the same way as their weed and grass killers by poisoning the surface and root system of tough brush, such as poison ivy. Ortho's tough brush killer operates in exactly the same way, and costs about 70 per cent as much as Roundup's product. Additionally, donning protective gloves and long-sleeved and full-legged clothing to manually pull tough brush is an option. Other options include smothering the plant patch with a plastic tarp, preventing oxygen or sunlight from feeding the tough brush.

Stump Destruction

Perhaps the most difficult of plant matter to destroy, tree stumps can often live well past the destruction of their trunks, branches and leaves, even resulting in the regrowth of a new tree. Roundup's tree stump killer operates in exactly the same way as its weed and grass killer by introducing a poisonous toxin to the stump's surviving root system. Stump-out, Spectracide and Ortho all offer stump removal solutions that cost anywhere between 30 to 50 per cent less than Roundup. Additionally, manually digging out the root system and pulling the stump from the earth with a towing vehicle, such as a truck or an all-terrain vehicle, results in the same end goal, while simultaneously allowing you to avoid inadvertently poisoning any other trees that could share a root system with the stump you wish to remove, a guarantee that no stump-removing herbicide can make.