Weeds are common plants that have no positive value as far as food or nutrition. Weeds are not only unattractive, but also compete for water, nutrients, and sunlight which results in your garden, lawn, and more to starve and die. There are however a select few weeds that are not so problematic. For the weeds that are causing problems, here are some helpful tips and tricks to put a stop to them.
Actions to Get Rid of Weeds
First and foremost, use herbicides. An herbicide is a product that is used to kill undesirable plants much like a pesticide is used to kill pests. Herbicides are broadly used in agriculture and landscape turf management. They are used to delay the growth of weeds. There are a few herbicides that are used to kill weeds. Including, pre-emergent herbicides, post-emergent herbicides also known as selective and non-selective herbicide. You will want to use a selective herbicide, so it does not kill your whole lawn, just the weeds. Non-selective herbicides kill everything they come in contact with, even the lawn.
Lifeline Herbicide is a great example of a non-selective herbicide. Lifeline Herbicide provides a broad spectrum of weed control, even with some of the most challenging weeds including awed called glyphosate resistant marestail, hairy fleabane, malva, and filaree. Adding this herbicide into your routine spraying, leads to a breakdown in photosynthesis.
Applying an herbicide like Lifeline can easily be done with a granular spreader or broadcast spreader. With the granular unit, you will be able to spread your herbicides efficiently and evenly. Frequent mowing and handpicking the weeds is also beneficial.
Mowing a weed before it puts up a seed head will remove the weed’s ability to spread seeds, which would broadcast the next generation of weeds. If your lawn seems to have a few weeds, then hand picking them will be just as effective.
Understanding different methods to get rid of weeds is important, but just as inportant is the understanding of the proper safety routines to maintain in order to keep yourself and others safe in the presence of harmful chemicals - this includes
- Wearing glasses
- Water-resistant gloves
- Wearing long sleeve shirts
- Long pants
- Using a respirator
Before using any herbicide, make sure to read the label. Not all herbicides are made the same way, so it is important to know what type of herbicide you are working with.
Bringing no value to food or nutrition, weeds can be more of a hassle than anything. By performing the proper steps to eliminate weeds you can keep your lawn and garden looking incredible throughout the year. Of course remember to practice safe spraying, mowing, and handpicking weeds, to lessen your chances of weeds growing.