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Ortho 0430610 GroundClear Vegetation Killer Concentrate, 2-Gallon
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 30, 2013
Size Name: 2-Gallon
At $23.00 per gallon, this is very expensive. With a dilution ratio of one quart per gallon of water, you get four gallons of herbicide. This averages $5.75 per gallon of solution.
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The product does sterilize the soil, but it does not prevent growth for a year. A few rain storms will wash the chemical out, and weeds will grow back fast.
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A better alternative is a "Roundup" generic - Drexel Imitator Plus at $42 for 2.5 gallons. The price is good at Rural King. The dilution ratio is 3.2 ounces per gallon of water. This averages to $0.42 per gallon of solution.
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If you also want to sterilize the soil, the cheapest method is to mix two to three pounds of salt to the above. Restaurant supplies, such as CASH AND CARRY, sell a 40-pound bag at $5.50.
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Mix a cup of liquid detergent to the above. When sprayed on weeds, black berry bushes, or thorns, the sticky liquid holds the salt against the leaves. The plant begins to go limp within an hour, and parts of the leaves go black within three hours.
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The detergent also washes off the shiny plant layer and enables effective and uniform penetration of the herbicide. In addition, the pores are sealed for several minutes and prevents the "Roundup" generic from evaporating away. Almost all of the active agent is absorbed by the plant as a result and into its rooting system. In the following days, the herbicide disrupts cellular reproduction. So, it takes a week or two for the slow acting process to completely kill the noxious plant.
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For tough plants such as black berry bushes and thorns, it may take three applications "to do the job."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2013
Size Name: 32-OunceVerified Purchase
This worked really well for my alley. I found it easy to apply with a green plastic watering can and based on the results I have since used it in several other pplaces around my property.

My local nursery has sold me a ground sterilizer called Pramatol for the past several years and it has slowly lost it's effectiveness. I bought this on a whim and it is easier to work with and seems to work better. I would recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
Size Name: 32-OunceVerified Purchase
I love most Ortho products, and this one is no different. It truly does what it says, but be sure and follow directions so you don't kill desirable plants.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 32-OunceVerified Purchase
Used a full gallon of Round-Up to cover a large area and a week later MOST of it had barely turned brown but there was still a lot of green around. Used this with a gallon of water in the same sprayer and re-sprayed the still-green areas and sprayed a new area as well that hadn't been treated yet.

Ortho's product is already showing significant results 2 days later where the Round-Up took 4-5 days to show any results other than a little withering. The plants sprayed by Ortho's are already turning brown. The area treated by Round-Up also still has solid roots - they are harder to pull and impossible to just rake out of the ground (most of them are growing between bricks on a walkway) where the Ortho treated area's vegetation is already very easy to pull without resistance. Killing the root system means the plants won't grow back any time soon - so this is a really big deal.

I recommend this over Round-Up any day.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2014
Size Name: 1-GallonVerified Purchase
I have used this product for years. Since it is a harsh chemical, I've tried landscape fabric underneath the rocks and numerous natural remedies including salt (lots of salt) all to no avail. If you do not want to spend three seasons spraying weeds, apply this product each early spring and no more weeds until next year. After much experimenting, I've found an easy application process. If you have much area to treat patience will be tried and much time wasted with a watering can. Get a 2 gallon tank type sprayer , add 1 1/2 gallons of water and mark the sprayer at that water level with a permanent pen. Add 1 1/2 quarts of Ground Clear and mark that level. Spray with the coarsest spray possible to saturate the ground. After marking your sprayer there is no more measuring. A quick and easy process with the only product that works. Thank you, Ortho. If you are not getting good results with this product you are not applying enough; you need to treat the ground, not just spray existing weeds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
Size Name: 2-Gallon
I used this to kill the weeds that grow between my brick patio and walkway. It killed them by the next day, but you do need to use a lot. Forget the spray, you have to pour it on to get them.

One word of caution, for the larger weeds, pull those out because this stuff will just turn your green weeds into brown weeds which is equally ugly.

I decided to pull the weeds this year AND THEN put the weed killer on between the bricks to prevent them from coming up all summer (it does prevent them from reappearing ALL summer)... however the weeds do come back the following year.

Another thought is to apply it earlier in the Spring before the weeds grow too big so they are so small there won't be too many dead brown weeds between your brick.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
Size Name: 32-OunceVerified Purchase
Works great on the first try and do not have to waste product repeating my effort. works great and love it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
Size Name: 32-OunceVerified Purchase
I bought two of these one by mistake but, decided to keep anyway However, I will return it because the first one I used didn't do the job. I mixed as per instruction and used the whole gallon on an area of my yard with large growing unwanted weed and a week later I see some discoloration on the plants and some healthy growing as well. I expected to see some vegetation mostly dried out and burnt by now but, far from it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2011
Size Name: 2-GallonVerified Purchase
I don't usually comment on products, but I have used this one for years at both my business and home. If Groundclear is mixed according to directions and applied on soil (not on rocks or cement) it will do exactly what it claims. It is the best product out there, nothing will grow. It is not like Roundup, so don't expect to plant anything for approximately a year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2015
Size Name: 2-Gallon
I have been using this product for over twenty years and I have not found anything that lasts longer. The closest thing to it is the highly concentrated 48% version of Roundup from Monsanto Corporation that my cousin that worked for Monsanto used to get for me that used to be only available professionally. The Roundup had almost equivalent killing power but lasted for only about six weeks before re-growth started. Do not use Triox anywhere where you want to re-grow anything anytime soon.
I live in New Orleans, everything here grows profusely year round, and venation control is a nearly year round chore. When my father-in-law passed away, it fell to me to clear his property and remodel the house. The fence line between his property was a jungle of Hackberry and Sycamore trees as well as blackberry bushes and a multitude of five foot high assorted weeds and grasses at least four feet wide the entire length of the fence line. In addition this entire area was covered with blooming poison ivy and oak (I am very allergic). I tried a 50% solution of Roundup with moderate effect on the weeds and no effect on the trees. A month later everything was starting to green up again. I then tried a 50% solution of Triox and a month later the trees had begun losing their leaves and everything else brown and shriveled. Then I reapplied Triox at the same strength and the trees lost all of their leaves and began drying out. I found out an important fact when doing this is to be sure not to have any get inside the drip line of trees you do not want to kill because if you do it will definitely kill them. I accidentally killed a beautiful Cypress tree whose trunk was at least 20' from where I sprayed but it had a few branches that came to the spray area. This product saved me untold hours of backbreaking labor (350' of fence line) of clearing green vegetation. I then bored holes with a brace and bit into the trees and poured pure Triox into them once a month for three months and within six months they rotted to the consistency of cork and I just pulled them down in pieces with a rope and a truck.
This made a believer in me and I have used it ever since. Triox really last about six months before you have to reapply it in this area.
An important thing to remember when using this product is to mix it with a liberal amount of dishwashing liquid (I use Dawn) to keep it from running off of what you spray it on and don't spray it if it's going to rain. You have to give it time to be absorbed or it will wash off and kill everything it gets on.
Triox is over $20.00 a gallon at retail here and hard to find so the two-gallon size is a great bargain from Amazon.
I find that an application of a 30% solution every six month's controls anything you put it on. Be sure to wear proper protective equipment (eye protection and gloves minimum), as this is powerful stuff.
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