How to Make Roundup Stick to Weeds


When weeds threaten the pristine beauty of your landscaping areas, take fast and decisive action to eradicate them. Roundup herbicide will effectively kill weeds growing in your lawn and garden. However, because Roundup is a non-selective herbicide, it will kill any plant it contacts. For this reason, you must apply Roundup carefully to prevent it from touching your desired plants. Make Roundup stick to weeds to kill only the weeds and nothing else.

Step 1

Pour Roundup in the bucket. Saturate the sponge completely with the Roundup herbicide spray. Take care not to drip Roundup onto any desired plants as you saturate the sponge.

Step 2

Rub the saturated sponge over the foliage of the weeds, covering the weed growth completely with the herbicide. Even a small amount of herbicide on the plant foliage is probably enough to kill weeds. Apply the Roundup to every weed using the same method.

Step 3

Wait three days to assess the condition of the weeds. If they do not seem like they are visibly dying, reapply the Roundup using the same method.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear eye protection and gloves when you work with Roundup to prevent the chemical from contacting your skin. Long pants and long sleeves will protect your arms and legs. Keep people and pets away from the wet Roundup while it dries.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Plastic bucket


  • Montana State University: Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) in Lawns
  • Armed Forces Pest Management Board: Roundup Label Information
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.