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Imagecrowrita1
Apr 16, 2015 12:05 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
My neighbor came over where I was working this morning , and said, " I was spraying Round-up yesterday, and......."......I said, "as windy as it was, and you sprayed Roundup ?". He killed his whole back yard, last year, when he sprayed !, and THIS year, it looks like 2 beds of iris were in the "war zone " Grumbling ! So, I've been trying to hose them off...not that it will help, after 24 hours, but, I feel I should at least TRY ! I doubt it will actually KILL any, but I bet I have some "screwy" blooms ! And I'm sure it won't do the plants, or my grass, any good Crying . I guess if they survive the Round up, and the botrytis rot, thay may be too hardy for the borers, when THEY come along !
ImageMShadow
Apr 16, 2015 12:39 PM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
OMG! That is terrible Arlyn. Thumbs down That makes me sick to think about it. I would really be upset. Grumbling I will keep my fingers crossed for you and hope it isn't too bad. How stupid. Glare
Imageirisarian
Apr 16, 2015 2:43 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
So sorry Arlyn. At least he told you, but you had better get him some reasing materal. What was he spraying the nasty R word for?
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 16, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
He was spraying the area he tills up for a veggie garden, prior to tilling. I thought he learned his lesson last year ! The 'drift" killed about 1/2 of the area of his back yard, and severely hurt the rest of the lawn, as well! He couldn't figure out what was wrong with his grass, and when I told him, I "thought" I had convinced him to ...A).Read the directions, and B) Follow them! I'll agree, the directions on the back of these *chemical* products is a regular book, and takes some time to read.....but it IS all there for a reason ! I also *gave him H***" for having his kid (about 20 months) outside while he was doing his spraying and fertilizing.........the little girl has health problems, anyway, so she darn sure doesn't need any more!
jlkapps
Apr 16, 2015 8:26 PM CST
Name: Judy
north Texas
Wow....just wow....I will now quit complaining about my lazy neighbors that do absolutely NO yard work (including mowing it seems). I'll deal with their weeds on my side!

So very sorry for you!!! I would be devastated, especially when I know how many historics you are working with and attempting to ID.
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 16, 2015 8:41 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Sorry to hear Arlyn, maybe you NEED to show him when and how to spray:(

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagelovemyhouse
Apr 16, 2015 8:56 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling
You are free to choose. You are not, however, free from the consequences of your choice.

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Imageirisarian
Apr 16, 2015 9:30 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Perhaps the danger to his daughter will give him some sense.

Agree with Dee that he must need direction, something else for you to do, but it might save your garden.
ImageUndertheSun
Apr 17, 2015 12:55 AM CST
Name: Rob
California
I would be arrested for what I would want to do to my neighbor if he did that to me. Grumbling
ImageMuddymitts
Apr 17, 2015 5:27 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Well -- it's too late to do anything to prevent this Arlyn, but I'd be dragging his a** over to your yard and showing him all the damage that his spraying caused. Then I'd explain to him how much money you spent acquiring those Irises, and the hours spent planting them and caring for them to get them to the size and health to bloom. Then I'd explain to him how many of them are irreplaceable because they are *historic* Irises -- and because of that, how many hours of time it took you to track them down to purchase. Then I'd explain to him if he has no concern for the health of his yard and his daughter, that it would be in his best interest to be concerned about the damage to your property. I am so sorry this happened. The world is full of jerks -- it's our job to either educate 'em or kill 'em. Grumbling
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 17, 2015 7:40 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I'm leaning strongly towards the "Kill 'em" side of the equation Sticking tongue out ! I really think this kid is "un-teachable"! I can see on the grass, this morning ,where the 'drift" was....starting to get that "yellowish" tinge. It's worse, of course right next to his "garden" (which is *about* 12' from the property line), and continues, getting wider, and fainter(thank fully FAINTER!) as it crosses onto our yard. We have a newly planted cherry tree in the area, but, since it isn't leafed out yet , should be ok (the leaf buds look OK), and the grass appears much better looking close to the iris beds. There are several SDB's in bud, along the edges of those beds, so, in a few days, I should know if it affected anything. I ^think* I see "funny looking" leaves on the iris...but that's probably just *panicky imagination*at work *Blush*
ImageMuddymitts
Apr 17, 2015 8:53 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I hope that it's panicky imagination, Arlyn.

Just as an aside -- does he not realize that spraying Round-Up in his garden is putting Round-Up directed into the vegetables, etc. that he grows there -- and then into his mouth as he eats said vegetables???

I use Round-Up -- we have a big place to take care of, and it's hard enough to do that with the *help* of Round-Up, it would be impossible without -- but we do not use it in the vegetable beds, nor anyplace where the horses could graze on sprayed vegetation. Since we live in farm country, Round-Up is a way of life and there's nothing to be done about that. But one can make personal, informed choices.
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
Apr 17, 2015 12:42 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I like the idea of letting him know that he is poisoning his vegetables. He might stop & think even if he is muddleheaded.
Imagelovemyhouse
Apr 17, 2015 1:23 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
I agree
You are free to choose. You are not, however, free from the consequences of your choice.

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http://debra96.wix.com/green-amber-gardens
Imagetveguy
Apr 18, 2015 4:17 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
How sad Arlyn. It used to be believed that Roundup just did it's job and then was gone, but now it's believed that's not true. It's dangerous to use on ground used for food. This guys seems to be too stupid to teach, I'd calculate an invoice for the cost of any damage, plus costs for efforts that Mary Ann discribed and present to him. Only when there is a consequence for his actions will he "maybe" learn.
Imageauxiris
Apr 20, 2015 7:30 AM CST
Name: Michele
France
Personally, I think the idea of dragging this guy over to see the damage due to his spraying Roundup on a windy day (will people NEVER learn to use a sprayer shield????) is the right approach. I have a rather thoughtless neighbour who tends to spray for weeds early in the season on windy days---especially if the wind is coming from the east and thus brings any drift right over to my irises. He doesn't seem to understand why I'd be annoyed by this (and denies that his glyphosate product has anything to do with malformation problems I have on my plants from time to time) and is a blustery, rude sort so it's no use talking to him. It does make one wish that they'd do something stupid enough to kill themselves, I must say. Very, very sorry to hear of this mishap, Arlyn. . . all my sympathy.
ImageMileHighGardner
Apr 27, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Name: Susan Flow
Keenesburg, Colorado
Arggh.... I could say some pretty nasty things! But I'll refrain myself. Oh Good grief Arlyn! If you loose anything that I grow, I'll send you a new one. Just post any losses.
milehighgardner
Imagecrowrita1
May 2, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
here's another one I didn't "wash" quickly enough Grumbling , there is about 25 just like this!Thumb of 2015-05-02/crowrita1/664f8a
Imagetveguy
May 2, 2015 6:11 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Too sad, on top of all your other rot issues.
ImageDaveinPA
May 2, 2015 8:13 PM CST
Name: Dave
south central PA, Zone 6a
In my walking around today I noticed those at the back fence have some "distorted" leaves; I have no idea what he used. The guy there has no clue how to do anything outside, but he did buy a $3000 mower to do his horrible lawn! The new house will have no one behind us with a yard to use sprays on so maybe the back fence line will be safe.

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