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Hello - has anyone else tried that new gel that is advertised on tv?  The one where you are meant to simply dab the leaf of a weed and then it's meant to kill said weed right down to the root?  I've paid over £8 for this stuff and it hasn't worked on any of the various weeds I've tried it on.  Bad bottle maybe, or has anyone else been disappointed with the results?

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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I haven't tried that paticular product, though I have seen it advertised.

    With normal Roundup, sprayed on, it does take quite a long while to take effect, possibly several weeks. Roundup works faster in warm weather. It's quite possible to think that it hasn't worked, when all that is required is patience.

    I don't know how much of the plant surface needs to be covered with the roll-on version. But if you've followed the instructions correctly, then it ought to work.

    Roundup is normally very effective.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Thanks Gary - yes maybe I should be a little more patient.  I applied it a week ago - says it takes up to 7 days but the weeds look sooo healthy!  In contrast to this, I bought some standard weed and feed from Wilkinsons (own brand) and it's worked wonders in the space of 3 days!  Good old Wilkos.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Roundup works by effectively making the plant overgrow initially, so your weeds sound about right after a week.

  • quercus_ruburquercus_rubur Posts: 334

    The main issue I have with it is the size of the spreader. I've been using it on some bindweed which is growing in between plants. It's far more difficult than using the brush that used to come with the old type of Glyphosate Gel. A smaller spreader or an additional smaller size would have been better - not sure what was wrong with the brush anyway. I bought mine in Wilkinson's for £6.50. As Alina says it works by promoting excessive growth but will evenutally kill the plant

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    My conclusion from reading the latest reviews on the product, its taking a lot longer to work then it says on the instructions.

  • Roundup is most effective when weeds are been and growing, so the temperature and humidity can effect how long it takes to work. Another factor to consider is the size and type of weed. Larger perennial weeds with deeper roots will take longer than small annuals. Another point to note is that Roundup gel doesn't include that fast acting formula that is in the ready to spray Roundup, so it may appear to be taking longer, as will the Roundup concentrates that you mix up yourself. But be patient, Roundup will work eventually and depending on the temperature, humidity and size of the weed and it's roots, the kill should take between 7 and 21 days. Happy weeding.
  • I have the same problem as others here.  I paid £8.99 for Roundup gel and we have used up almost the whole lot on bindweed and thistles around the garden.  10 days in and the weeds are looking really healthy.  No sign of dying and the leaves that were treated with the Roundup just have a healthy gloss on them.  I'm trying to remain patient and hoping it will work - while my bindweed strangles my expensive garden plants.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I bought some Roundup gel shortly after this thread first started, about 6 weeks ago. I had a bramble growing up through some foxgloves, and thought this gel might be the only way to deal with the problem, short of killing the foxgloves.

    I applied the gel. It leaves a shiny film on the leaves, so you can see where it has been applied. I thought nothing was happening - for weeks. I've used ordinary Roundup before, and know that it takes a long while to act. 6 weeks on, the bramble is now about 80% dead, and is showing no sign of further growth. Mind you, the foxgloves have almost finished flowering.

    Ordinary Roundup does work a lot faster in warm sunny weather, so I might have achieved quicker results if the weather had been better than it has been.

    I actually bought mine from my local supermarket. I noticed last week that it was on sale for £6 per carton.

  • I bought this product but find it almost impossible to get it onto the leaf I have in mind without touching any others in my crowded garden. I'm wondering if I could adapt it and use a brush.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

    ..I'm wondering if I could adapt it and use a brush.

    It will work however you apply it. I'm not sure if it would simply stick to a brush and not adhere to the leaves. Try it. A little spatula would do. But be careful of getting the stuff on your fingers. I'd wear gloves.

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