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Long Lasting Weed Killers

Long Lasting Weed Killers

Choosing the Best Weed Killer for Your Driveway, Gravel, Pathway, Horse Manege, Porous Surface

Total weed killers can broadly be classified as either “contact” only or “residual” which gives a long lasting effect.


Contact weed killers
only kill the weeds they come into contact with. Although sprayed weeds will die permanently, new weeds can emerge immediately afterwards. Many contact weed killers contain the chemical glyphosate and include well known brands like Roundup ProActive,  Roundup ProVantageGallup Biograde Amenity and our strongest 5L glyphosate Gallup Hi Aktiv Amenity


Residual weed killers give longer lasting weed control by leaving a residue in the soil or substrate which continues to kill weeds after application for a number of months. The more persistent products may only need one timely application per year. Mixing a residual weed killer with a contact weed killer can give impressive results as the contact weed killer gives rapid knock-down of weeds, whilst the residual  weed killer continues to keep the area clear of weeds.

Most residual weed killers should only be applied to a porous surface. This reduces the likelihood of the chemical running off and affecting non target areas.

Popular residual weed killers for porous surfaces are, Clayton Apt and Chikara. Both Clayton Apt and Chikara weed killers are a very concentrated water dispersible granule formulations containing 25% w/w flazasulfuron for use as a non-selective residual herbicide on natural surfaces not intended to bear vegetation, permeable surfaces overlying soil and hard surfaces (railway ballast only). The label claims 4 to 6 months weed control from one application. Clayton Apt and Chikara are both available in 50 g (covering ¾ acre). You can apply the mix using a knapsack sprayer.

Valdor Flex sachets are another great residual weed killer. This product keeps areas clear of weeds for up to 4 months and can be used on its own or in a tank mix with Gallup Biograde Amenity if established weeds are present in the areas you wish to treat.

Proshield is a pre-mixed driveway weed killer that includes glyphosate and a residual chemical. One  5L bottle covers nearly 2.5 acres (11,000 m2), is rainfast in 1 hour and can prevent weeds for up to 6 months.

For a non-professional alternative PathClear Liquid Tubes will also give long lasting weed control plus weed knockdown without mixing a separate weed killer.

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