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How Does It Know?

So, I just got through reading an article by someone I'm following about a flower/weed that she photographed.

It reminded me of something I saw a few weeks ago. A commercial on TV for weed killer. I may not be a chemist, but I DO know what herbicide means. The label on this "weed" killer says it's a herbicide, but that it's supposed to be safe for "plants". Aren't weeds plants too?

Am I just too dense for words or does this send up red flags for you too? It made my BS alarm go off BIGTIME.

How does this "weed killer" know to NOT kill your grass or roses? For that matter, what if I have a yard full of wildflowers aka "weeds"? What if I'm actively culturing wild plants for their nutritional/medical values?

How exactly do you inject an elitist attitude into a bottle of chemicals?

Thanks for the reminder AngelSharum - Keep taking those lovely photos!

Image credits: Mine

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momathome wrote on June 10, 2014, 6:16 PM

I've always wondered the same thing, lol! To be honest, I've seen herbicides kill many of my grandmothers plants (and heard the ensuing arguments my grandparents had because of it) so I think its just another one of those "ad lies" that they use to get us to buy something.

AngelSharum wrote on June 10, 2014, 6:34 PM

You do bring up a good point. Most of the people I know who do any gardening use natural stuff. At least then you know what's in it.

Oh, and how do you have your little bio on the bottom like that? I can't figure it out.

dracoselene wrote on June 10, 2014, 6:48 PM

I'll stick to hand-weeding, I'm not too keen on spraying plants with any kind of toxin since I eat them.

Query number two: short answer; it's a table. I got BrianaDragon 's help to make it come out right. I made it in google docs and I just copy and paste it.

dracoselene wrote on June 10, 2014, 6:48 PM

Yep. There is NO way for an herbicide to know the difference between a "weed" and my wild onions.

BrianaDragon wrote on June 10, 2014, 6:59 PM

You have to know a little HTML. It's a 2 cell table with a photo on one side and the text on the other. It's a habit I got into from writing on other sites. You're the 3rd person to ask about it, so I may have to do a tutorial.

AngelSharum wrote on June 11, 2014, 12:23 PM

Thanks to both of you for responding. I don't know much HTML so I just won't have a

Ruby3881 wrote on June 12, 2014, 3:24 PM

I always wondered about those all-over treatments my Dad used, like Weed'n'Feed. OK, there's fertilizer in the stuff, but how does the herbicide not hurt the grass? I'm still not sure about such products, but since they have proven to be toxic to people and animals too, I frown on their use. There are other ways to deal with pests and weeds - and a lot of weeds are actually quite pleasant to look at, and beneficial too!

dracoselene wrote on June 12, 2014, 4:13 PM

That kind of stuff is bizzare to me.