Almost half of gardeners use chemicals to kill weeds survey finds

Recent results from a survey commissioned by the Common Sense Gardening Group, and conducted by Yolo Communications, has found that 43% of gardeners say they use garden care chemicals to control weeds.

Some 17% of gardeners surveyed said garden care chemicals are the only successful solution to manage weeds.

Some 41% said they needed a faster impact than they get with organics.

A fifth of respondents said they did not have time to weed their lawn by hand, and 31% of people said they found weeding their driveways by hand too difficult. 

Group chair Gary Philpotts said: "Our findings reinforce an industry-held ideal: that gardeners need to have a wide spread of options to help them tackle their daily weed regrowth issues."

For 14% of gardeners, the cost garden care products is not important if it solves the problem.

The Common Sense Gardening Group is an alliance of five companies involved in garden care products: Doff, SBM, Evergreen, Vitax and Westland.

This week, a US court has ordered that chemical company Monsanto has to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.

In the landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous and failed to warn consumers.

The Group said: "With over 40 years of safe and effective use, glyphosate provides millions of garden owners worldwide with an efficient and time-saving solution to weed problems."


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.