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Which Weed Killer Works Best?

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Weeds can literally choke the life out of a once-healthy lawn in a matter of a few short weeks. But use the wrong weed killer, and you could do more harm than good. That said, an ounce of professional advice on what kills weeds best is worth a pound of lawn rebuilding. Here are some popular over-the-counter chemical weed killers, as well as an organic option that you may prefer.

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Weed Killer: Popular Chemical Brands

If you're like many homeowners, only caustic chemical weed control will do. There's just something about searing weeds in the summer sun that is both satisfying and time-saving. Here are some leading chemical brands and the type of weed situation they're suited for.

1. Roundup. Ideal for weeds and crabgrass on lawns, in beds, and on driveways; a non-selective weed killer that will kill grass

2. Groundclear. Another non-selective weed killer made for the spectrum of weeds; will kill grass

3. Killzall. Good for weeds and crabgrass on lawns , in beds, and on driveways; non-selective weed control that will kill grass

4. Weed Out. Good for lawn and driveway weeds; selective formula only kills a certain spectrum of weeds

5. Weed Free Zone. Made for use in colder climates; kills weeds and crabgrass; selective weed control

Organic Weed Killer Formula

Erin Huffstetler,'s guide to frugal living, recommends a simple white vinegar formula. Why? Vinegar weed control is inexpensive, non-toxic, fast-acting and doesn't do long-term damage to the soil. We're talking about results with eco-consciousness.

To use vinegar as a weed killer, simply apply it directly on the weeds, as needed, on sunny days. Some challenging weed clusters may need multiple applications.

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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