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    • General Discussion about Weed Gels
      Glyphosate Spraying From a long time customer and environmental activist. "It drives me mad how glyphosate is portrayed. The sun is a carcinogen yet we know that to avoid danger we take precautions. The same with glyphosate - if used correctly it is the most useful tool in the toolbox for weed control. The alternatives - well, there are not any to compare and my priority is sustainability and our biodiversity. Pouring boiling water or forcing steam into the soil does so much damage - yes, water can also be a major problem. It is how we use these taonga that matters. I spray with glyphosate and use very little as there are barely weeds to spray. I could not do my work without it and people are making it very difficult. We live in an age where people jump on bandwagons without understanding - and it is no longer expected of us. To gain acceptance we follow doctrines that are illogical and often harmful to us eg Trump. If only people would take time to reflect and remain silent until they find that place in their heart or gut that gives them peace." Cut'n'Paste was designed recognising the dangers of spraying herbicides and allows us to use these tools safely and effectively Film to watch "KIss The Ground" on Netflix
      Glyphosate is by far the safest and most environmentally friendly herbicide ever made.
      The problems with Glyphosate have arisen when it is used as a wholescale spray and used to spray glyphosate-resistant crops. This is the fault of Monsanto. They are responsible for causing the problems associated with it. It has been used for decades on the same pastures and fields in the US with disastrous results of impoverished soils and depleted micro-organisms. Glyphosate binds to soil particles in the first couple of centimeters for soil and is metabolised into harmless substances in a couple of weeks. It does not travel through the soil to enter other crops nearby. BUT used repeatedly on the same soil it gradually kills off the soil microorganisms which maintain soil health. When I worked as a park ranger for 16 years I saw very quickly that spraying is not effective in removing weeds from conservation areas as it leaves bare areas where weeds rapidly reinvade. So I invented these gels so that you only remove the weed and leave the desirable plants to fill in the space so that no more weeds can grow.
      Because of bad advice from companies like Monsanto, Glyphosate has been sprayed for many years by people wearing no protective equipment at all. We do not go out in the sun without sun protection. This is just plain stupidity and not the fault of the herbicide. Used wisely and correctly like any substance it is amazingly useful. NZ conservation and environmental organisations would be lost without it. The alternatives, like Metsulfuron and Picloram, are soil residual and can spread through the soil. We at Cut'n'Paste designed our Glyphosate gels to make them safe and effective and anyone using them as recommended has no danger.
      I therefore highly recommend that you use the Glyphoaste gels wherever possible And MetGel only for things that do not respond well to Glyphosate like Ginger and Agapanthus. Similarily with Picloram which is great for Moth plant and Privets and Rhamnus.  However, with almost everything a Glyphosate gel will work if used carefully
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    • Invasive Spider Plant in my garden is starting to encroach into the surrounding bush. Your advice please
      Much can be achieved with simply pulling it up but then you have all the plant material to dispose of and as it's so invasive it can't be composted.  So, the best approach with our gels is the simple Original Gel, or Bamboo Buster in which case you will need to use slightly less.  Wearing a pair of disposable gloves, Simply smear some gel onto the underside of the leaves of some of the leading rhizomes and watch it die back down the vine.  If you're not in a hurry I would work on a moving front to see how much or how little work you need to do.  You would see results evident in 1 to 2 weeks.  Using the Glyphosate gels is safe for the bush as it doesn't spread through the soil
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