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    Roundup Alternatives For Weed Control on Bluestone Driveway?

    I'm looking for an alternative to weed and grass control on my Bluestone driveway. I have been using Roundup but the cost and downsides are making me look into other alternatives. I also have used Roundup to control perimeter weeds. I'm looking into torching weeds on the drive but obviously that's not viable for the perimeter. Any ideas??
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    Hello LoneStranger, I have heard of folks using liquid Laundry Chlorine Bleach to knock back unwanted weeds. Pour or spray
    full strength on top of unwanted vegetation. Around the upper MidWest there is a F/F that sells "Lavender Scent" bleach
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStranger View Post
    I'm looking for an alternative to weed and grass control on my Bluestone driveway. I have been using Roundup but the cost and downsides are making me look into other alternatives. I also have used Roundup to control perimeter weeds. I'm looking into torching weeds on the drive but obviously that's not viable for the perimeter. Any ideas??
    I was looking at Roundup in the home and garden section of a local store. Pretty pricey for the diluted stuff. I went few aisles over to the ag chemical section and bough a gallon of gylphosphate. I think it was called Gly-Star or something. Basic ingredient the same as the old Roundup that Monsanto made. Don't recall exact prices, but much less. Just checked on line. Gly-Star Plus is 16.99/gallon or 34.99/2.5 gallons. Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate - 35.2 Oz. is 44.99. All prices in USD. I'll let you do the math. Happy weed nuking.

    The Roundup stuff is 50% active ingredient. Gly-Star is 41%. More info to calculate.
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    Bleach is effective, but not all that cheep in the quantities you might want.
    White Vinegar is also quite effective. One recipe I've used is 1 gallon white vinegar heated with 1-2 cups of epsom salt in a pan until salt dissolves, after cooled add 1 tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing soap, this gives it stick-to-ness. Apply directly for HD needs or put in a spray bottle, but apply at the sunniest time of day. It's not as destructive as roundup, but a lot safer and will not harm the bees. BTW, it is also a pretty effective Poison Ivy killer, and it's stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger47 View Post
    I was looking at Roundup in the home and garden section of a local store. Pretty pricey for the diluted stuff. I went few aisles over to the ag chemical section and bough a gallon of gylphosphate. I think it was called Gly-Star or something. Basic ingredient the same as the old Roundup that Monsanto made. Don't recall exact prices, but much less. Just checked on line. Gly-Star Plus is 16.99/gallon or 34.99/2.5 gallons. Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate - 35.2 Oz. is 44.99. All prices in USD. I'll let you do the math. Happy weed nuking.
    I bought some Farmworks 41% Glyphosate Concentrate at TSC. The current price is $42.99 for a 2-1/2 gallon jug. I paid a bit less as there was a sale at the time. Not quite as good of a deal as your Gly-Star but still much less expensive than Roudup branded.
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    Glyphosate is the stuff that is causing cancer and damaging the honeybee population.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I bought some Farmworks 41% Glyphosate Concentrate at TSC. The current price is $42.99 for a 2-1/2 gallon jug. I paid a bit less as there was a sale at the time. Not quite as good of a deal as your Gly-Star but still much less expensive than Roudup branded.
    I buy the same stuff - a jug lasts me a long time. I might use about 30-40 gallons of diluted product a year.
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    Water softener salt works well. Just spread on your driveway. When it rains it will start to dissolve the salt and then it kills the weeds. Grass too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I bought some Farmworks 41% Glyphosate Concentrate at TSC. The current price is $42.99 for a 2-1/2 gallon jug. I paid a bit less as there was a sale at the time. Not quite as good of a deal as your Gly-Star but still much less expensive than Roudup branded.
    Probably the same. The Gly-Star is 41% as well. The homeowner Roundup is 50%. I edited the earlier post with this info. This was at North40 in Great Falls, MT. No TSC near here, but they seem to be migrating this direction.
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