Three Things to Consider Before Choosing a Weed Killer

Make sure only the things you actually want growing in your garden flourish.

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Get rid of weeds, dandelions and any other unwanted garden plants.Pexels

From bindweed to dandelions and thistles, weeds are the bane of every gardener’s existence. As the old joke goes, the best time to deal with them was yesterday, and the second best time is right now—so the quicker you tackle them, the better. But before you buy, it’s worth bearing in mind a few important points.

Roundup Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III – with Pump 'N Go 2 Sprayer, Use in & Around Vegetable Gardens, Tree Rings, Flower Beds, Patios & More, Kills to the Root, 1.33 gal

Refillable Container

No-mix, use-anywhere formula that’s easy to apply, thanks to the built-in distributor.Roundup

First up, it’s worth working out what you want to kill—while most weed killers are pretty generic, there are some that are designed specifically to kill the weeds more commonly found in grass, while others can be used pretty much anywhere.

Scotts Turf Builder Weed and Feed 3, 5,000 sq. ft.

Lightweight Packaging

Simultaneously gets rid of the plants you don’t want while nourishing those you do, with enhanced control over dandelion and clover.Scotts

If you’re dealing with a small area of weeds, you might find a bottle with a trigger spray is adequate. However, for larger areas, it’s worth taking the time to think about how you’ll distribute the weed killer. Some formulas come in large plastic jerry cans with an integrated pump and spray, but for others, you may have to buy a spreader separately.

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Effective control for unwanted plants, with a formula that’s kind to people and pets.Natural Armor

Look at the ingredients and consider what you want in your weedkiller. Some contain compounds that are suspected of harming marine and aquatic life when they drain into the water system, or are used near ponds. However, more natural alternatives are available so it’s worth doing your research before splashing your cash.