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Burn-Out an Organic Weed Control


A Springfest Garden Show guest raves BurnOut is tough!

Welcome to Rave Reviews! One of my favorite and most important recommendations:  Use Burn-Out, an organic alternative to Roundup, for weed control.

Burn-Out Weed & Grass Killer by St Gabriel Organics made from clove oil and citric acid is a broad spectrum natural herbicide that kills weeds in eight hours or less. It degrades rapidly and will not move through the soil to injure nearby plants. Treated areas can be seeded one day after application. Annual weeds are killed right away with BurnOut, while perennials may regenerate after a single application and require additional treatment. For best results, apply BurnOut Weed & Grass Killer on warm, dry days. Mature weeds will require a second treatment. Burnout will not leach into well water as it breaks down after 24 hours.

BurnOut Weed Killer

BurnOut Weed Killer

Why I’d take Roundup a longstanding yet controversial weed killer out of your arsenal? As published on May 28, 2014, by Reuters: Angry mothers meet with EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide: A group of mothers, scientists and environmentalists met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulators on Tuesday over concerns that residues of Roundup, the world’s most popular herbicide, had been found in breast milk. For the complete article click

Another disturbing article: Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells: Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say. Jun 23, 2009, by Crystal Gammon and Environmental Health News

While the impact of Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, on our earth has most to do with its agricultural use, rather than add to the dangerous dilemma, let’s use an organic alternative in our gardens and lawns. Did you know that Monsanto, who introduced Roundup, also introduced glyphosate-resistant crops enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops? Enough said!


Mary Stone, owner of Stone Associates Landscape Design & Consulting. As a Landscape Designer, I am grateful for the joy of helping others beautify their surroundings which often leads to sharing encouragement and life experiences. These relationships inspired my weekly column published in THE PRESS, 'Garden Dilemmas? Ask Mary', began in 2012. I dream of growing the evolving community of readers into an interactive forum to share encouragement and support in Garden and Personal Recoveries - seeking nature’s inspirations, stimulating growth, weeding undesirables, embracing the unexpected. Thank you for visiting! Mary

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