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Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery? Frankly, I don't care if it does. The less to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

Roundup, which is glyphosate, iirc, will often but not always kill shrubs. And covering a shrub's leaves takes such a lot of the stuff, and you could be
spraying up in the air which will cause more chemical drift if there's a breeze.
Best bet if you're really going for the scorched-earth look is a combination of glyphosate and triclopyr. Glyphosate is generic now (patent expired), so it's pretty cheap. Triclopyr is usually sold as "brush killer." You can mix them in the same sprayer. I use a one-gallon pump sprayer, about $20 at Mal-wart.
To kill the shrubs but not nearby trees, and save on chemical, put the sprayer on a coarse stream and soak about a foot of the shrubs' trunk, from near the soil line up. Or better yet, saw them down and immediately afterwards, spray glyph and tri. on the cut ends. For trunk spraying, combine the chemicals with diesel for better effect. This is what I use to kill invasive privet and tallow trees. Sometimes I "frill" the trunk with a small ax first.
There are newer chemicals than Roundup out for killing plants. Great place to go for selection and advice, if you've got one nearby, is a farm supply/feed store.

flick 100785
If grass is what you need to kill, why not use boiling water? It's faster than Roundup and less toxic. You'll need to make more trips, but you get the pleasure of watching the weeds cook and die before your eyes.

-Shannon
In the front, grass has grown all around my shrubbery (which also badly needs to be manicured), and I can't even get a mower up there. Not to mention the overgrown stone walkway and gravel driveway.

Is there a way to pull up the weeds at all? I know it isn't an easy task. I just finished doing my fairly neglected rose beds last weekend. There was a lot of bermuda grass growing in them.
But this may be far beyond that.
Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery?

Yes it can. Of course it depends on how much you use. I wouldn't use it if it is windy outside either. I really try to avoid the stuff myself. Not for the dogs but more for everything, including the water it could seep into.
Frankly, I don't care if it
does. The less to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

I doubt if you want your yard to be completely nekkid do you? Or without any shrubs, and landscaping?
Though I do realize there is constant upkeep involved with landscaping.
I just happen to be one of those that enjoys doing it. It relaxes me and is pretty good exercise to a degree.
Gwen
If grass is what you need to kill, why not use boiling water?

I tried that, but the areas I need to fix are large, and I gave up after it took me a few days to get enough boiling water out there to kill about a 4' square area. :} Then it grew back anyway.
You'll need to make more trips, but you get the pleasure of watching the weeds cook and die before your eyes.

I like that idea. :}
Y'know, I'm going to try this again, at least in the back. I suppose I can set aside a couple of days when I just continue to boil water and make trips outside while I'm doing other things.
MacKenzie eats grass and weeds, so I'm really mostly concerned about using toxins in the back yard.
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Though I do realize there is constant upkeep involved with landscaping. I just happen to be one of those that enjoys doing it. It relaxes me and is pretty good exercise to a degree.

I do enjoy it, but...
Here's the problem happening right now. After a nice, long break from CFS symptoms, where I got on top of my housework and yard work and was ready to get into the nitty-gritty of landscaping, it hit me again. Right after the hurricanes. (Gee, stress wouldn't impact it at all, y'think? :}

I think I'm starting to pull myself out of the worst of it again, but I'm starting from scratch. Once again, my house and yard are a disaster (though not as bad as when I went through TWO YEARS of having only enough energy to sit up). I haven't had to nap during the day for the last week, so that's a good sign.
But right now, I'm looking for what's physically easy.

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Both my boys eat grass, and thus we passed on the herbicides too. I got a dandelion puller which did jack (not morrison, the other jack) and tried to boil them but they grew back.
I guess I am just going to live with the dandelions.
I guess I am just going to live with the dandelions.

Not necessarily. If you have a propane torch, use it for the dandelions. I believe they sell them specifically for the purpose of weed killing.
Suja
Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery? Frankly, ... to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

Yes, it'll kill shrubbery and young trees if you're not careful. Don't put on the soil above your bush's root ... put the round-up there. The stuff works so well that I'm surprised you don't see smoking soil after using it.

Also don't put it anywhere that water runoff will carry it to something you want to keep before it soaks in.
Also, remember that although it will kill stuff, it will not take it out of the ground when considering whether you want it to get to the shrubbery. Keeping it up might not be as bad as either digging it up or having brown and dried up shrubbery.

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I guess I am just going to live with the dandelions.

Not necessarily. If you have a propane torch, use it for the dandelions. I believe they sell them specifically for the purpose of weed killing. Suja

Oh, that sounds very fun too.
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