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Eliminating Weeds without Devastating Your Lawn

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Get too zealous with chemical weed sprays and you could take out your healthy grass, as well. Eliminating weeds requires a strategic plan that factors in the vitality of unaffected areas of your lawn. Choosing the proper chemical formula, identifying problem areas, and spraying conservatively are keys to success.

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Taking Up Arms
According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, eliminating weeds with chemicals should be a "last resort" save for "some hard to destroy or creeping types of weeds." In this case, choose your formula wisely:

  • Look for brands that are effective for broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, clover, and poison ivy
  • Chemicals should be non-toxic to healthy grass; look for this specific characteristic on the bottle
  • Always consult a landscape management expert for local information on quality products

Mapping It Out
Chances are that your lawn contains a variety of weeds that respond differently to various weed sprays. Sketching out a map of your lawn can help you to determine which type of application goes where. A landscape map also lets you document applications and revisit problem areas for follow-up.

Less Is Always More
Dropping clouds of weed chemicals on your lawn like napalm is a recipe for disaster. Weed chemicals can easily travel across wind bursts or seep into drainage sewers causing irreparable harm to vegetation, animals, and humans. Keep these application tips in mind when eliminating weeds:

  • Use approved spray bottles; clearly label them as hazardous when storing
  • For hose attachments, check the seal for irregular leaks
  • Mix chemicals with precision and according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

Source:
NCSU



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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