Bi­o­log­i­cal weed killer a green al­ter­na­tive

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Ger­ald Filip­ski

Read­ers know I’m al­ways look­ing for new prod­ucts that could help gar­den­ers. I have found a few new ones that just might fill the bill.

Sar­ri­tor is de­scribed as a bi­o­log­i­cal weed killer. The man­u­fac­turer calls it the first 100 per cent nat­u­ral, se­lec­tive weed killer to con­trol dan­de­lions, clover and plan­tain in turf with­out harm­ing the lawn.

The ac­tive in­gre­di­ent of Sar­ri­tor is a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring fun­gus that’s coated onto a dry car­rier and ap­plied di­rectly onto the weeds. Mois­ture then ac­ti­vates the fun­gus when the op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture is 18 to 24 C. The fun­gus grows into the weeds and ab­sorbs the plant tis­sues un­til the weeds are com­pletely gone. The fun­gus then dies with no re­main­ing residues.

“Now there is an en­vi­ron­men­tally safe al­ter­na­tive to chem­i­cal her­bi­cides that have been banned,” Sar­ri­tor pres­i­dent Jeff Wat­son says. “Sar­ri­tor is a nat­u­ral and or­ganic prod­uct based on the Sclerotina Mi­nor technology that was de­vel­oped by Dr. Alan Wat­son of McGill Uni­ver­sity. The 100 per cent nat­u­ral and or­ganic prod­uct is non­toxic, does not pro­duce spores, is neu­tral in the en­vi­ron­ment and is in­dige­nous to Canada.”

Cana­dian gar­den­ing ex­pert and TV per­son­al­ity Mark Cullen has tried it. “Sar­ri­tor is per­fect for me be­cause it is easy to ap­ply, fast-act­ing and ef­fec­tive and is safe for chil­dren and pets,” Cullen ob­serves.

I re­ally sat up and took no­tice when I first re­ceived the news re­lease about this prod­uct. I haven’t tried it yet, but in­tend to in the very near fu­ture. I’ll keep you posted.

I made a cou­ple of quick in­quiries and Jim Hole tells me that Hole’s Green­house in St. Al­bert will be car­ry­ing the prod­uct and ex­pects it to ar­rive in the next few weeks. Hole agrees this prod­uct sounds very ex­cit­ing.

Tina Bur­bank at Green­land Gar­den Cen­tre east of the city tells me Green­land is also car­ry­ing Sar­ri­tor. It re­quires re­frig­er­a­tion, she notes, so look for it in a fridge right at the front of the store.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

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