A weed is a plant that gives no value at all where it is growing and is a rapidly growing plant; the majority will overgrow or choke out more desirable plants. There are so many ways to kill weeds but many gardeners would like to do the easiest way to get rid of them. Glyphosate is the active chemical in several of the most popular weed killers.
It is an amino phosphonic linear of the natural amino acid glycine and the name is a division of glycine, phos-, and -ate. The molecule has several separable hydrogens, especially the first hydrogen of the phosphate group.
It was noted as the magic bullet to weeds and unwanted plants, quickly break down in the soil, and is also said to be very safe to use. It is a widely used herbicide used to kill unwanted plants both in agriculture and in nonagricultural landscapes. Estimated use in the U.S. is between 38 and 48 million pounds per year.
Most glyphosate-containing products are either made or used with a wetting agent, chemicals that help it to penetrate plant cells. It is undeniably, the most studied molecule in the history of agriculture. Regulatory agencies around the world who reviewed the origin of glyphosate on several occasions over its 25-year history have concluded that glyphosate is NOT mutagenic or carcinogenic.
When purchasing and picking up a glyphosate-based product, be aware of the percentage of it in different products as it can vary widely. The concentration will be displayed on the label.
Price is something you should consider before buying your weed killer. The less concentration of glyphosate the less expensive the weed killer will be. Although the less concentration means the weed killer will be less effective and the more of the chemical you will have to use in order to do the same job compared to the high concentrated versions.
Glyphosate will not reside in or on the soil to affect non-target plants, and it does not move through the soil to enter other non-target plants by the root system.
It is only efficient when it comes into contact with the green, growing parts of plants. Other tests have shown that it may stick tightly to most soil particles until it is mortified. This means that the possibility of injuring nearby plants is negligible, and there is an extremely low potential for Glyphosate to move into groundwater.