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Saving a Plant From Weed Killer

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What do you do if you get a weed killer on a plant you wish not to kill? Hardiness Zone: 9a



Sam, As they say on the environmental front, "Dilution is the solution to pollution." Do your best to minimize damage from the weed killer by thoroughly diluting the area with water. Use a hose or watering can to wash any residue off the plant's foliage. You can also dilute the soil around the plant with water, but your best bet is to remove some of the old soil and replace it with a mix of fresh soil and compost. This will help to replace any of the beneficial micro-organisms that may have been lost to the week killer and will prevent you adding additional stress to the plant from over-watering. Trim away any dead or damaged foliage, and depending on the type of plant, cut it back a bit to stimulate new growth. None of these tips are guaranteed to save your plant, but they will help increase the odds. Only time will tell how your plant will truly fare in the long run.


In the future, try using a coffee can or 2-liter bottle to isolate the weed you're trying to eliminate. A plastic 2-liter bottle with the bottom removed works well because it allows you to surround the weed with the bottle and then spray the weed killer right through the opening at the top.

Good luck!

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August 22, 20060 found this helpful

1. rinse it and the ground next to it
2. dig it up, rinse off and re-plant when weed killer has not been sprayed.


3. next time, put a plastic bag or a cardboard box around it for protection
4. Been there, done that. Welcome to the club.

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August 23, 20060 found this helpful

If you just dripped it on, you can simply cut off the part that it had dripped on immediate;y, and it will not have time to kill the plant. Make sure you get everything.

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