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kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2010
4:34 PM

Post #7805365

Bought about 200 lbs of this and sprinkled in 20 gardens last spring, don't really know ifi it kept down the weeds or not, do c ottage style gardening, do know it wiped out aqlot of my annuals that self sow. Was sick with many illnesses thaqt I tested positive for from Aug to November including Rheumatoid arthritis, MCTD, psorasis and a few others. Am fine now, but it was hell. wondering if this was the cause of these flare ups. Thanks Annette
onyxwar
Greeley, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2010
6:37 PM

Post #7821078

Annette,

Preen is suppose to keep seeds from germinating, that is why your annuals were not able to sprout.

As for your illnesses, I doubt the product had anything to do with it. RA is a long term thing and will not go away if you stop using a product and I believe it is hereditary (I know since I have it). It may have inflamed your psoriasis since it is an irritant, but I doubt it would still be in the market if it caused major medical problems (well maybe w/ a warning stating that it could cause...).

I hope you have a better year and have many new annuals to replace the ones you lost.
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

May 24, 2010
3:46 PM

Post #7823812

So sorry to hear about your illness It does sound like there's a connection. I assume you have done a lot of research on the topic. That's a lot of preen.
I haven't used Preen for a few years. I like to watch what reseeds and with preen you can't do that. However, I sure have been pulling a lot of weeds. I haven't mulched yet either as I have been waiting to see what comes up from seed. It's time now to mulch, however.
I sure hope things continue to get better for you.
I have an auto immune disease as well, and they do really weird things to your body.
kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2010
2:44 AM

Post #7825037

Thanks for your input, I am doing much better, won't use the preen again, not worth the risk of going what I went through. Gardens are doing great,

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