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Lawn Spraying: A Top 5 List for Do-it-Yourselfers

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

While some homeowners prefer to hire a professional lawn service for involved seasonal needs, lawn spraying is one of those tasks that you can do yourself. But you need to know the ins and outs of the process before you apply any chemical to your landscape. Here are a few timely suggestions to make your next lawn spraying project safe and successful.

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  • Know your chemicals. There is a litany of pesticides and herbicides to choose from. While some might be suitable for any turf type, most are specialized and should only be used under the proper conditions. Check with your home and garden professional or on lawn-centric websites for what to spray.
  • Protect yourself. Drifting chemicals can cause eye and skin irritation, and sometimes burns. Cover your eyes with protective lenses and the rest of yourself with long, loose-fitting clothing to maximize protection against caustic lawn chemicals.
  • Timing is everything. Heavy wind. Misting rain. Drought conditions. These are all instances that could cause a problem when it comes to lawn spraying. Applying chemicals during mild conditions can improve its effectiveness.
  • Less is always more. Resist the temptation to soak those dastardly weeds until you can hear them drowning. Excessive spraying can cause chemical gathering and runoff that could potentially be damaging to your lawn and the environment around your property.
  • Read the directions. And read them again. Proper mixing and application is an absolute must. Manufacturers guidelines aren't merely suggestions--they're the proper way to go about your lawn spraying task for maximum effectiveness.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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