Stacking up RoundUp Pro against Generic Glyphosate Brands
When it comes to effective weed control, one of the world’s best and most widely used chemicals to get the job done is Glyphosate. Glyphosate is a non-selective chemical herbicide which for years now is has been a go-to tool for a landscaper or farmer looking to eliminate invasive weeds that are interfering with landscaping and with agriculture.
The term “Non-selective” means that the chemical has the capacity to kill whatever plant it touches be it weeds, grass, flowers or just about any vegetation that is sprayed with it.
Glyphosate is used to kill weeds in and around fences, trees, driveways, flower beds, walkways, shrubs, weedy lawns to prepare for renovations and garden preparations. When using the chemical one must be careful not to spray your valuable and desirable plants, since again Glyphosate is a “kill all” chemical.
Glyphosate was first developed by the company Monsanto under their trademarked name for the chemical, Roundup. However since the patent held by Monsanto expired in 2003, various companies have produced generic brands of RoundUp. If you go to your local department store and check out the garden center, you may have seen a number of different brands right by the RoundUp brands. These companies and the folks that buy them claim the generic brand is just as good as Roundup and cheaper. But is that really true?
Tests have been conducted by various institutions and while some have reported only minor differences between generic brands of glyphosate and Monsanto’s RoundUp, other tests have shown that this is not the case.
Consider the Facts
Monsanto Roundup (depending on the different variants and formulations) is usually formulated with a number of adjuvants, surfactant, drift control and other additives to make it more effective versus generic glyphosate which is usually just straight-up active ingredient and water base.
While the common everyday weeds may be killed with both the name brand RoundUp and a generic Glyphosate product, this does not take into account more resistant weeds that are stubborn growers and invasive to the land. In that case, having all the additions of surfactants and other additives comes in handy against just plain old glyphosate and water mixture. In that case, if you’re dealing with a more difficult species of weed on your farm or yard and you’re using the generic brand and end up disappointed with the results, you essentially get what you pay for and that will probably end up costing you more in the long run because after receiving disappointing results, a generic brand user may use a different generic brand when they could have just upgraded to RoundUp to begin rather than buying multiple products in efforts to save money.
Go with the Proven Brand and Not the Knockoffs
We understand the temptation of trying to save money. With us being and promoting being DIYers, the biggest factor is usually saving money. But saving money at the expense of an inferior product is not wise. You may be saving some cash with a knockoff, but there’s no guarantee that you truly are going to be able to get the job done eliminating those irritating weeds on your land with that cheaper product. So in this case, Solutions recommends going with the leader when it comes to non-selective treatment.
Solutions carries RoundUp QuikPro Herbicide,Roundup Pro Max,Roundup Custom Herbicide and Round Up Pro Weed Killer. These are the products that agricultural farmers use and lawn maintenance professionals and are still very affordable while being top-notch high quality. There is a reason that RoundUp is one of the top selling herbicides in the US, because it works. So if you are having a weed problem that is too much to handle with mere pulling and weed whacking, go with a proven champion in the herbicide game.