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Working on your lawn this weekend?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Don't forget your hazmat suit.


    Man wins £226,000,000 in compensation after Roundup weedkiller caused terminal cancer

    'The maker of Roundup weedkiller has insisted British consumers are safe to use the product after a US jury backed a groundsman’s claim the pesticide contributed to his terminal cancer. Dewayne Johnson was awarded 289 million dollars (£226 million) by a state jury in the US, who found manufacturer Monsanto had failed to adequately warn of the risks of using Roundup, which contains the world’s most widely-used herbicide glyphosate.'
    Metro.co.uk, 11th August 2018.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Many of these chemicals contain organo phosphates - they are very dangerous.

    Must have been a very difficult case to prove though.

    Typical American case if I may say so.
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I am indeed working on my lawn... or I was...

    But I don't use that stuff... I'm not so freaked out that weeds in my lawn bother me so much.

    Anyway right now it is mostly crispy brown.
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  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    When I were lad the school fields would be periodically sown with these little, hard, grey spheres. Does anyone any idea what these might have been?
  5. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Do scientists even know what causes non-Hodgkins lymphoma? My neighbour died of it last year and I don't think I've ever seen him do the garden much less handle a bottle of Round-up.
  6. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Almost certainly calcium ammonium nitrate granular compound fertilizer.
    Vince_Ulam likes this.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Fertiliser pellets

    My once lovely lawn is in a terrible state at the moment
    nomad likes this.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Mammoth droppings?
  10. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Thanks. Nitrate fertiliser, eh. More innocent time.
  11. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    If very small mammoths.

  12. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    You wouldn't use it on your lawn! - Although I do know someone who did, they were a bit miffed that they had to resow it.
  13. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Is this the sort of stuff bad people use to make backpacks go boom?
  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well I mowed and raked my lawn... got a lot of dead moss and grass out of it...

    And the heavens have rewarded my efforts with a downpour... excellent...
    agathamorse likes this.
  15. onmyknees

    onmyknees Established commenter

    My once beautiful lawn has been ruined by my new dog when he wees on the grass. Lots of burnt spots. I've tried 'dog rocks' which do something to the dog's drinking water to prevent this burning, but they are rubbish.
    agathamorse likes this.
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  17. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Even though we have had some rain over the last week, our lawn still looks like Old Holborn, for the most part.
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  18. onmyknees

    onmyknees Established commenter

    Thanks @lanokia. I'll definitely give that a try. It has good reviews!
  19. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    We have Green Thumb come and see to our lawn several times a year - at least we haven't been all through a year yet but will have done by November. it has dried up in the heat but it is greening up again quite nicely. They spray on weed killer, fertiliser and do the raking and spiking that I used to do. I regularly killed the grass every Spring trying this myself so on the whole I'm happy.
    As for the health risks of chemicals in weed killer, Green Thumb may need to look at what they use. I wonder if the face masks they use are effective in protecting the operatives? One would imagine they were already aware of potential dangers but no doubt they will let us know if they are changing to a safer and more expensive chemical:rolleyes:
  20. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    No but you reminded me to fix my cheapo B&Q own brand nasty plastic mower.

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