Archive for April 25, 2018

Vitax SBK Weedkillers. The Only Weedkillers You Will Need.

And I will tell you why.

During the course of the year tough weeds take advantage. Going unnoticed in the border they thrive, growing stronger and spreading through your precious plants in an attempt to overthrow them.

We all have our main enemies among their ranks: nettles, brambles, ivy, ground elder, bindweed, to name
but a few of the worst offenders.

Systemic weedkillers, like Vitax SBK Tough Weedkiller (contains Triclopyr) works by moving from the leaves, down through the plant to kill the roots. Quite simply the more foliage there is to absorb the chemical, the more there is to get into the plant and so more of the roots will be killer. A common mistake is to pull up, or
strim the weeds before applying the weedkiller. This means it is less effective, if it works at all.

SBK tough weedkiller is specially formulated not to harm grass, so you can use it close to the lawn. However it will kill any of your precious garden plants that it comes into direct contact with, therefore care is needed when applying it. It is very effective
when used on tree seedlings and saplings, such as ash and
sycamore which are a problem in many gardens. It can also
be used as a tree stump killer at any time of the year, even
during the winter months.

The active ingredient in SBK, Triclopyr, offers an excellent alternative to glyphosate which has been so widely used in recent years. SBK does not have a longterm adverse effect on soil, you can replant safely after only six weeks.

The secret of success with any garden chemical is to follow the manufacturer’s application instructions. Vitax SBK is diluted in water and applied using a watering can or a sprayer.

If you do not like the idea of mixing, SBK is available in a readyto-use spray.

With all systemic weedkiller, patience is the key. These take time to work properly and will not show results overnight, depending
on light levels and temperature they may not show much signs of action for a week or two. If weed growth is particularly heavy there may be re-growth next season.
If this happens, do not be despondent, just wait until the
weeds are in growth and re-apply.

The key to success in controlling annual weeds like chickweed, meadow grass, groundsel and bittercress is to kill the seedlings before they grow, flower and set more seeds. You need to be fast because some of these complete their life cycle in a
remarkably short time. Vitax Garden Weedkiller (contains acetic acid) in a ready-to-use spray is the ideal standby.
Just spray onto the weed and it kills on contact. It will not go down through the plant and kill the roots, so is not effective in the permanent control of perennial weeds. However it will kill annual weeds in an hour.

The SBK Tough Weedkiller is available in 4 sizes, 125ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1 Litre

The SBK Tough Weedkiller Ready-To-Use is available in 750ml and 4 Litre sizes

The Vitax Garden Weedkiller is available as a 750ml spray.


The above information comes curtesy of Vitax Garden World. The full article can be found HERE.

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Win With Liberon. A £100,000 Home and Garden Renovation

Spring is in the air and as the weather becomes less inclement (well in theory), peoples eyes turn toward their gardens and outdoor spaces.

A competition will run through Summer for products purchased from Liberon’s exterior woodcare collection, including the Garden ColourCare range of decorative garden paints and woodstains. Running from 16th of April until the end of August 2018, the competition will see one lucky entrant have the chance to win £100,000 worth of home and garden improvements. Ever dreamed of a sun deck or swimming pool? now’s your chance.

To be in with a chance to win this once in a lifetime prize, all you have to do is this: purchase any of the qualifying products from Liberon’s Exterior woodcare range on our website (a qualifying product will have this banner on the page).

When you receive your order, you will find included in the box, your invitation with details to complete your entry. This will take you to the competition website set up by Liberon where you can complete the final steps for the chance to win the home and garden renovation of your dreams*.

All entrants will also be entered into a free prize draw to win one of 10 prizes of £100 in Liberon product vouchers.

CLICK HERE to see the qualifying products and further information.

*T&Cs apply, see competition website for full details.



Kilrock Taking The Rhino By The Horn.

For years, drain unblocking products have generally had one principle ingredient, H2SO4, otherwise known as Sulfuric Acid.

In recent times, probably as a direct result of attacks using acid to do harm, the Home office have slowly and inexorably tightened controls over the sale and purchase of acid based products. In fact there is rumored legislation being drafted to ban the sale of Acid based cleaners and unblockers sometime in the next 12 months.

For a while now, one of the best and strongest drain unblockers currently on the market has been Rhino Drain Unblocker made by Kilrock Manufacturing, it contains close to 85% sulfuric acid and will literally eat through just about anything you may have stuck down your drain. This, however, causes a problem for Kilrock as the product will be banned under the rumored new legislation.

In order to address the problem, the big brains over at Kilrock came up with an alternative solution that did not impact the effectiveness of the unblocker but also does not use acid as it’s primary ingredient.


Rhino Drain Unblocker Non-Acid Formula

Still as effective as the acid based version but there is no acid used in its formulation. Instead it makes use of Sodium Hydroxide to dissolve the organic matter that causes the blockage in the drain. Sodium Hydroxide is one of those unobtrusive chemicals found in everyday objects like soap, air filters, cleaning agents and food preparation materials. It is more commonly known as caustic soda or lye.

While not based on an acid compound, it is recommended you take the same care when using it and always fully read the label before use.

If the legislation comes to pass, acid based products will become a thing of the past and it will be up to companies like Kilrock to come up with alternatives like this one to fill the gap.