Local companies adjust weed killers in light of Roundup lawsuit

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As thousands of lawsuits are being filed against chemical weed killer Round-Up, many are worried about how to control weeds in their lawns and gardens.

More than 11,000 suits have been filed so far with one resulting in a $78 million award to a California man who says Round Up gave him cancer.

Bayer, the company who makes the weed killer, is actively fighting these lawsuits. They say studies have shown the active ingredients in their products are safe.

To-A-T Home Services in Boardman is airing on the side of caution and seeing a lot of local companies do the same. Owner Taylor Torella said they are switching over to more green products, which contain less harsh chemicals.

Through years of testing and modifying, Torella says the green safe products have become just as powerful as chemically enhanced ones. 

“A lot of people are under the misconception that it is more expensive and that it is not as effective, but they’ve modified it in ways that is cost-efficient and is just as effective and very safe. If your pets, yourself or kids come into contact with it, you’re good.”

Not all weed killers work on certain plants so to find alternative products, Torella suggests asking your local landscaping or home shops what would be best.

If you don’t want to use weed killers at all and getting down on your hands and knees and pulling them out by hand isn’t something you want to do then preventing them in the first place is your best option.

“It’s best to put a felt barrier down and materials on top as far as mulch and stone. That is usually the best and most cost-effective way to keep things from coming back next May,” Torella said.

He also says there are tons of home remedies for weeds you can find online.

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