does round up help before putting mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by guven, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. guven

    guven LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Today I did an estimate

    the home owner wants to put down round up( I think it is weed killer) he said its going to help alot , we do not need put 3''mulch.I said ok. is anyone doing like this .
  2. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 346

    Roundup will only kill weeds/grass that have already sprouted, it has no residual or pre-emergemce effect. Also if you don't know what round-up is you cannot legally apply it to anything. Have the guy buy some professional Preen or something of that nature and he must put it down himself.
  3. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    Roundup kills weeds, grass already up. It dissipates when it hits the ground. The soil is negatively charged and the roundup is positively charged so when they come in contact they neutralize themselves. Least thats what my turf teacher said.
  4. bahamamills

    bahamamills LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    I am yes a newbie so don't beat me up I am just asking out of curiosity because I have read in multiple threads the comments regarding fertilizer, pre-emergents and the such. I keep seeing that it is illegal to put this out without licenses in certain area. My question is, does Lowes and Homedepot and others stores not sell this with spreaders and all to regular customers. If so how does the state enforce someone buying 10-10-10 and putting it on their lawn.

    I am really not trying to stir the pot just curious.
  5. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    The laws apply to commercial application(and applicators)
  6. bahamamills

    bahamamills LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Ah now that does make sense..
  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    You can not apply any pest control product including weed killers for profit on another persons property. Some States regulate even fertilizers. Fertilizer is in many cases as bad or worse for the lakes and streams than are the weed killers.

    Welcome to the industry. You may buddy up with an applicators and give referals.
  8. ACutAboveNC

    ACutAboveNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Duekster is right. It is illegal to put down chemicals for profit. The law in NC says however that you are aloud to put out ferts, only if the fert is not a combo product like Pre-m.
  9. bigtex

    bigtex LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 151

    The Best Way To Eliminate Weeds Under Mulch Is A Weed Mat/blocker, For Long Term Affects. I've Seen Weed Mat Last 3 Or 4 Years. Roundup Under Mulch Will Be Good For A Few Months(maybe) But They'll Come Back. Sounds Like The Customer Thinks He Can Save $ By Not Going 3". But U Should Tell Him If You Do It His Way With Roundup An Less Than 3" Mulch There's A Good Chance You'll See Weeds In A Few Months. That Way Your Not Gonna Get A Phone Call With Him Bitchin In August.
  10. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Messages: 483

    What? When did roundup become a pre-m? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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