Round Up Weed Killer 101

Roundup is a well-known weed killer and many people use it for effective and long lasting weed killing.

However, the effectiveness of Roundup depends on the way it is used. If the user knows how to apply the product perfectly, the results of the Roundup application would be as desired.

If you are using Roundup to eliminate unwanted vegetation, you have made the right decision. Roundup holds Glyphosate isoproplymine salt as an active ingredient which is the most effective part of the product and eliminates weeds permanently. Glyphosate weed killer is widely known as the enemy of unwanted weeds.

However, Roundup is a non-selective product when it comes to the destruction of vegetation, which makes the product useful for a number of applications. Roundup would kill just about any green plant regardless of the species. This makes it the perfect product to get rid of garden weeds or those weeds that are visible in the edges around walkways.

This product works in a systematical manner as it moves through the plant and then to the root. The product is composed in a way that doesn’t affect the soil even if applied directly to the soil. This is the reason why Roundup is a safe product to apply just before seeding or laying sod on a lawn.

You should make sure to use Roundup in a day when the air temperature is at least 60 degrees. Also, there shouldn’t be much wind as it can slow down or minimise the effectiveness of the product. You should also wear safety gear to protect your hands, eyes and mouth while you deal with Roundup.

Once you have applied the Roundup on the grass and its roots, you will have to wait for 10 days to see ultimate results. You will see complete vegetation elimination within 10 days and once you get the desired results, you can move on to the other tasks in your garden.


Whip Your Paddock into Shape

Treating your grass as a crop will help you to get the most out of your paddock. There is no quick fix for paddock care, but if you focus on the farming basics of:-

You will be providing the best possible grazing conditions.


A nutritionally well balanced soil produces a healthy grass sward which competes against moss & invading weeds such as ragwort, docks, thistles & nettles. A simple soil analysis will identify key nutrients that may be limiting grass growth & help us devise a programme to optimise paddock performance.

soil analysis - grazing horses

Soil analysis – grazing horses

This test focuses on optimising the grazing needs of your horse or pony
Test includes – sample bag & pre-paid postage
Post back & get results within 7-10 days



soil analysis for re-seedingSoil analysis for re-seeding
A broad spectrum soil test will tell us how you need to prepare your soil for re-seeding
Progreen will give bespoke advice based on your individual results
Results available in 7-10 days.

Soil analysis results are interpreted free of charge by our experts and each result will receive a tailored treatment programme


Paddock Royale FertiliserPaddock Royale Fertiliser 25kg
Specifically devised for horse & pony paddocks
Apply from early March for season long grass
Best applied using a granular spreader



grasstrac 20kg

Grasstrac 20kg
Supplies vital trace elements to grassland
Increase the health & vigour of grazing livestock
One application per year
Apply any time of the year




soil analysis for re-seedingClassic Horse & Paddock Grass Seed
Ideal for renovation or newly sown paddocks
Produces a dense, hard-wearing sward
Gives quality grazing & a hay cut if required.

grass seedOther grass seeds available including:
Sports & Amenity


Ragwort control

March & April is the prime time to control Ragwort, plants should be at the rosette stage & actively growing (see below for the ideal size to treat).

ragwort control

If your spray timing has been missed Ragwort plants must be dug up rather than cut or sprayed, as cutting or mowing Ragwort results in strong re-growth & chemical control of this re-growth is not effective.

barrier h5lBarrier H 5l
Use at rosette stage for best results
Environmentally friendly citronella oil
Ready to use pack – simple, safe & accurate
Provides all year round control

ragtime 5 lRagtime 5l
Ideal for spring & autumn treatment
Also effective on docks, thistles & buttercups
No need for protective clothing
Comes in a ready to use pack

thrust 5 lThrust 5l
Controls ragwort, thistles, nettles, docks, buttercups & clover
Use in a knapsack or boom sprayer
Highly effective professional use product
Boost weed control by adding Solar Plus

headland poloHeadland Polo 10l
Selectively controls docks, thistles, nettles, ragwort & buttercups
Apply with a boom sprayer only
For complete ragwort control apply in spring & autumn
Boost weed control by adding Solar Plus

Unsure which product is best for you?
Call our technical team on freephone 0800 032 6262 or email us – we’re here to help!

Dock, thistle, nettle & buttercup control

grazon proGrazon Pro
Proven control of thistles, nettles & docks
Approved for spot treatment only with a knapsack sprayer
Rainfast in 2 hours, kills down to the root

Controls a wide range of broad leaved weeds including thistles, nettles & woody weeds
Approved on amenity, permanent grassland, forestry & non-cropped areas
Apply using a knapsack or boom sprayer

Proven choice for professionals wanting to control a broad spectrum of weeds
Broad acre control of docks, thistles & nettles
Approved for boom sprayer application

headland relayHeadland Relay-P
Selectively controls a vast range of perennial, biennial & annual weeds
Use for both spring & autumn weed control
Boost weed control by adding Solar Plus
Apply with knapsack or boom sprayer

Please note livestock exclusion may be necessary with some products. Always read the label


microwipeMicrowipe weedwipe applicator
Spot treats weeds, simply & economically
Use to apply glyphosate weedkiller such as Roundup Pro Biactive
Control weeds where spray drift is unwanted
Available as an angled head or tee design

Value knapsnackKS16 Value knapsack 16L

Suitable for a wide range of agricultural & horticultural uses
Robust, easy to use offering excellent value
Comes with flat fan & cone nozzle suitable for most spraying situations

cooper peglerCooper Pegler CP3 knapsack 20L
The professionals choice of knapsack
Fully serviceable & wide range of accessories
Ergonomical and easy to use

safety clothingIncludes face shield, lung mask (x3), disposable coverall & heavy duty nitrile gloves
Save 15% when you buy a safety clothing bundle
Complies with pesticide code of practice

Choosing the right weed killer

Choosing the right weed killer

There are 4 characteristics that are altered within weed killers. Pre-emergence is a factor of weed killer that targets seeds that are in the midst of germination. This means that they are best suited to fighting weeds that emerge seasonally due to their reproductive trait. Post-emergence weed killers for grass work more specifically to weeds that have already further developed.  Post-emergence usually come in a liquid form that is sprayed on the leaves; whilst pre-emergence is applied to the soil in a liquid form.

Selectivity type is very important as it treats other plants and growth around the weeded area. Selective products will not harm the surrounding plantation or grass (making them more beneficial to gardens and lawn areas). On the other hand, non-selective solutions will effectively damage the roots of all plants in the treated area (more suited to weed growing in drains, pavements and gravel).

Persistence is what the future the state of weed growth will be like. Persistent weed killers will have long term prevention on the growth in the treated area, as germination will be slow but most likely stopped. Therefore this must be considered if you are looking to reseed. If this is the case then the non-persistent short term weed killers for grass will be less harmful to near future planting plans.

Finally there is contact or trans-located. This basically asks how you want the weed to die! Contact herbicides will kill the part of the weed it is applied to, which is perfect for users that want to clear the area of unwanted weeds in areas needed for planting. Trans-located products attack the weed through its internal structure. This process is a little longer but does have more precise and permanent advantage!