Whats with all the Round-Up?
Just bought a house, haven't moved in yet. The lawn was overgrown and I asked a gardener, mowing at the house next-door, if he would cut the lawn. He said, yes and asked if I wanted weeding and some areas cleared out. I told him to go ahead.
He mowed the lawn and I met with him yesterday to ask him to clear some overgrown beds and add wood chips.
He started working and I noticed his helpers spraying something around the buses and all the beds. A large area of overgrowth was sprayed. I went out to ask what he was doing, he said spraying Round-Up. I was shocked.
I requested he stop and to turn over the beds and let the weeds die. He said you don't do that in Florida, the weeds are too aggressive and Round-Up is the only thing which will kill them.
I have never used this stuff. They were spraying around all the shrubs, trees and open over-growth.
What is this stuff (I know its a weed-killer), and how harmful is it to the environment? Is it true that gardeners do not clear beds by turning over the soil?