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Weed Control: Beating the Silent Killer

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

At one point or another, every homeowner will have to struggle with the silent killer. That killer is the weeds that infest your lawn and choke out the healthy grass. And your problem simply won't go away by ignoring it. Effective weed control means finding quality weed killer and applying it with care. Let's look at correctly applying weed killer for maximum weed control.

Weeds can attack your lawn when you least expect it. They gang up on the healthy blades of grass and battle them for water and nourishment. Left unchecked, your weed problem will continue to grow until all of the healthy grass is destroyed. But there is something you can do about it.
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Applying weed killer is an effective means of control. They key to success is applying the weed killer in a strategic manner. There are some simple things to keep in mind to achieve successful weed control.

Applying Weed Killer to Control Your Problem:



  • Choose the Right Formula. Not every type of weed killer is effective in all situations. You should carefully consider the extent of the damage as well as the type of grass that you have before choosing a type of weed control. Ask a home garden specialist for specifics.
  • Spraying Smart. There are all types of mechanisms that you can use to apply your weed killer to the infected area. Sprayer size should be one of your initial concerns. A sprayer that is too big will get your weed control in areas that you want to keep dry.
  • Completing the Job. In most cases, one simple spraying will not completely rid you of your weed problem. You will need multiple applications of your weed control in order to finish the job. Make sure that you spray for the recommended duration.


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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