Scotts Weedol


Who are Scotts? Paying particular attention to the clause of the first sentence, according to their own website:

ScottsMiracle-Gro is dedicated to a beautiful world with industry-leading lawn, garden and outdoor living products and services. Through our innovation focus, strong retailer relationships and drive to improve the consumer experience, we have been instrumental in growing the $8 billion global consumer lawn and garden market and enhancing our leadership position.

I’m sure that new Chevy will help the beautiful world. Moving on. In Ireland, According to corporate watch:

Scotts acquired the Shamrock brand of UK and Irish peat products from Bord na Mona, Ireland. This gave the company “preferential access to Bord na Mona’s extensive peat reserves and an option to supply the shamrock brand in the leading continental European markets.

According to the company’s annual report, Scotts’ brands are supported by an annual investment of approximately $100 million in advertising. In the US nearly 4 out of 5 advertising messages in the lawn and garden industry come from Scotts.

Moving on. From a horticultural perspective, the organic matters website notes:

In Ireland Paraquat it is sold to farmers under several brand names including Gramoxone, and to amateur gardeners as Pathclear and Weedol. The Dept. of Agriculture has no plans to ban the chemical but its re-registration is currently under review by the EU. Within the EU it is banned in Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Ironically it is also banned in Switzerland which is the home of Syngenta,the multi national company which is the worlds major manufacturer of Paraquat.

But according to Reuters, Paraquat, previously one of the main ingredients of weedol, has been banned.

EU court reimposes ban on paraquat weedkiller LUXEMBOURG | Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:40am BST

(Reuters) – Europe’s second highest court banned the weedkiller paraquat on Wednesday, criticizing the European Commission for poor health and safety assessments when it authorized the chemical in the EU in 2003.

The ruling handed down by the Court of First Instance (CFI) endorsed an appeal by Sweden, which banned paraquat in 1983 until it was forced to comply with the EU approval issued 20 years later. More than 10 other EU countries had also banned it.

Paraquat, a fast-acting and acutely toxic chemical, became widely known when it was sprayed on Latin American marijuana fields in the 1970s as a defoliant.

Paraquat is marketed globally as Gramoxone by Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta but is also available under other brand names.

Critics say it is impossible to handle paraquat safely and claim the chemical harms the lungs, skin and eyes of workers handling it. Paraquat producers deny these charges, saying that it provides safe and effective weed control, when used properly.

In its ruling, the CFI said the Commission’s authorization for paraquat — a directive dated in December 2003 — had failed to apply proper procedures and was not properly thorough in its assessments of paraquat’s effects on human and animal health.

“The Court of First Instance annuls the directive authorizing paraquat as an active plant protection substance,” it said in a statement.

“The Commission’s handling of the file does not satisfy the applicable procedural requirements and the directive fails to satisfy the requirement of protection of human and animal health,” the statement added.

And In Ireland it was. According to Teagasc paraquat was removed from use in Ireland on 11 July 2008. See the March 18, 2008 posting on this Teagasc site. You will have to scroll down or word search paraquat.

But it seems now another ingredient of key Weedol products in their line of herbicides is glyphosate. There are however warnings in a January 2010 organic and non gmo report [[well worth the read] about its usage. To the point were, comments by Don Huber, emeritus professor of plant pathology, Purdue University actually scared me.

He notes that the introduction of such an intense mineral chelator as glyphosate into the food chain through accumulation in feed, forage, and food, and root exudation into ground water, could pose significant health concerns for animals and humans and needs further evaluation.

What do your weedkillers actually contain. According to The Love The Garden [?] Website [a scotts miracle grow website as a by the way]:

  • Weedol® Gun!™ Rootkill Plus™ Contains glyphosate and pyraflufen ethyl
  • Weedol® 2 Contains diquat
  • Weedol® Rootkill Plus™ Concentrate Contains glyphosate and pyraflufen ethyl
  • Weedol® Gun!™ Max® Contains pelargonic acid
  • Weedol® Max® Contains pelargonic acid
  • Pathclear® Gun!™ Weedkiller Contains glyphosate, oxadiazon and diflufenican
  • Pathclear® Weedkiller PC Contains glyphosate, oxadiazon and diflufenican
  • Pathclear® Weedkiller LC Contains glyphosate and diflufenican
  • Pathclear® Gun! Moss & Algae Killer Contains benzalkonium chloride

Yummy! This of course is the same website/ chappie who gave you this video:

Of course here it says you can see the effects of the weedol in 2 days.

There was however a complaint lodged with ASAI. Funny how in Ireland whilst the bogs have been bought and the chemicals continue to be sold into our soils, someone manages to come up with this form of complaint.

From the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland [ASAI]

  • Bulletin 09/4
  • Batch No. 187
  • Ref 10388
  • Product Household
  • Advertiser Scotts Weedol
  • Agency GT Media
  • Medium Radio
  • Complaint
  • Advertisement:

The advertisement featured a man and woman discussing the need to wash a car and clean their driveway.
Wife: “Quick Eileen is coming around later to see my new car!”

Husband: “What’s that got to do with me?”

Wife: “The driveway is covered in weeds and moss, I can’t let her see it like that”

Husband: “Relax I’ll get some Weedol super fast, the new formulation is so fast acting you can actually see results in one hour.”

Wife: “That fast? Great that will give you time to give the car a wash.”

Husband: “What? Its brand new and the football is starting?”

Wife: “Well if you are as fast as Weedol superfast, you’ll be finished in time for the second half.”

Voice-over: “Weedol superfast see results in just one hour.”


The complainants considered the advertisement offensive as they said that it stereotyped the roles that husbands and wives play in the home.

One complainant said that the implication was that women complain and manipulate men. The other complainant said the advertisement inferred that females should talk down to their husbands or partners.

2006 Code

2.16 2.17 2.18

2002 Code

The advertisers stated that the advertisement had received clearance from the RTE Copy Clearance Committee and that they had not received any complaints.

They said that the interaction between the husband and wife was good-humoured typical family behaviour. They said that couples with different priorities tended to bargain with each other and compromise in order to accommodate each other’s wishes.

They said that no homemaking roles were described in the advertisement; the woman was not standing and complaining or being manipulative rather she was asking for her partner’s assistance.


Complaints Not Upheld.

The Complaints Committee considered the detail of the complaints and the advertisers’ response. The Committee noted the complainants’ concerns in relation to sex stereotyping in the advertisement.

They acknowledged that advertisers should be careful to avoid causing offence on grounds of gender. They should equally avoid sex stereotyping and any exploitation which could be considered demeaning to either men or women.

On balance, however, they did not consider that either character had exercised control over the other or that any issues of equality arose.

The Committee did not uphold the complaints.

Action Required:
No further action required.

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