Weed killer and peonies

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by William Morris, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Had some rather aggressively growing dandylions and chickweed, but too soon
    after a previous round of fertilizer to use Weed 'n' Feed, so I picked up
    some Ortho weed killer - the kind in the bottle you put on your garden
    hose - and began treating. The instructions say that in certain
    concentrations it's safe for lawns, and in heavier concentrations it starts
    killing just about everything it touches.

    It worked as I expected it to, though some overspray hit the peonies. The
    ones hit by the overspray are now growing in curlycues, though other than
    some truly bizarre twists and turns appear to be growing normally, getting
    ready to bloom and everything. So, have I permanently damaged the plants,
    or will they be okay next season? We plan to move the beds, so if I have to
    discard those bulbs that'll be the time anyway.


    - Wm
    William Morris, Apr 26, 2004
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    Maybe. That's the price for using weed killer instead of making the lawn
    healthier so it can compete.
    Doug Kanter, Apr 26, 2004
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  3. Thanks Doug. "Maybe" what? Maybe I've killed the plants? Maybe they'll
    grow back? What? To be perfectly frank, it wasn't a terribly helpful

    For the record, I've done the best I know how at working to make the lawn
    healthier - considering that I started with something that looked like a
    topographical map of Northern Afghanistan the fact that with a few years
    attention and little budget I have mostly healthy grass with a few remaining
    trouble spots is good progress. I'm quite certain that if I'd said "I
    applied weed'n'feed within a month of fertilizer and crabgrass preventer"
    you'd have said I'm fertilizing too much. You can't have it both ways.

    So, the original question, as yet constructively unanswered, remains: are
    the peonies permanently damaged?
    William Morris, Apr 26, 2004
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    Sorry....I'm in the midst of a battle with a neighbor who's addicted the
    ChemLawn, too close to the property line. So, I'm in a MOOD. Honestly,
    there's no way of knowing if you've killed the plant. I'd call Ortho. If it
    were mine, I'd flood it with water daily, hope for the best, and see what
    happens next year around this time.
    Doug Kanter, Apr 26, 2004
  5. Thankfully, we had two straight days of rain the starting the day after the
    application of the weed killer. I'll give the Ortho folks a call!

    - Wm
    William Morris, Apr 26, 2004
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    Be thankful you don't have bindweed. Not fun. Evil.
    Doug Kanter, Apr 26, 2004
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    Harry K Guest

    I'll second that! Still spraying after almost 30 years. I think I
    have an example of evolution in action. That stuff now seems to
    -need- 24D as a supplement. ;)

    Harry K
    Harry K, May 3, 2004
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