Three Keys to Selecting Weed Killer

If you’re struggle to keep your lawn looking like green carpet, a weed-control treatment can help.

Dandelion weed
Even after weeds infiltrate your lawn or garden, there are safe treatments you can apply that will keep weeds gone without affecting other vegetation.Zhang Kaiyv

Don’t be that guy with a chickenpox lawn, or the one who kills his neighbor’s prize posies with an accidental herbicidal overspray. We know a farmer whose weed strategy is to spray and kill everything that grows, and then plant. Don’t be him either. With a little understanding of the weeds you’re trying to kill and the best ways to kill them without resorting to Agent Orange on everything else, you can knock back your weed problems and have a healthy lawn and garden in the process. It boils down to knowing your weeds, being selective in what you’re targeting, and building an application strategy that accomplishes your herbicidal intent without a nuclear outcome.

Know Your Enemy

RM43 43-Percent Glyphosate Plus Weed Preventer Total Vegetation Control, 2.5-Gallon
This product is designed for broadcast application where 100% vegetative elimination is desired, including re-growth.RM43

Identifying your weeds is the first step in selecting an herbicide to get rid of them. Are they annual or perennial? Where and when do they most like to grow? What growth stage are they in? Then check labels to find a weed killer that specifically targets your weeds. Don’t assume that all weed killers are the same or are general purpose herbicides. Read the label and follow directions.

Be Selective

Green Gobbler 20% Horticultural Vinegar Weed Killer | Herbicide | Natural Weed Killer
This organic product is vinegar-based and highly effective against broadleaf weeds, crabgrass, clover, etc.Green Gobbler

Choose a weed-killing strategy with the least and shortest-term impact on desired plants and your surroundings. Timing matters, so determine whether a pre-emergence application, which prevents weed growth, or a post-emergence strategy (killing already growing weeds), is best. Consider using an organic strategy that may be gentler on your yard or garden. Follow instructions carefully and use an application method to “spot” target weeds or areas with minimal overspray.

Keep Weeds Gone

Preen 2464238 Extended Control Weed Preventer
This product kills weeds and blocks re-growth for up to six months.Preen

While there’s never any guarantee of a permanent solution to weed control, there are products designed to kill existing growth as well as preventing re-growth, germination or re-seeding. These products are less gentle to your lawn or garden and if used should be done carefully, applied judiciously, and on days with no wind.