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How to get rid of weeds

So…You want to know how to get rid of weeds? I hate weeds and killing them throughout the spring, summer and fall months is a big-time job for me. And, if you are reading this article you too are probably wondering “How can I get rid of weeds” and how can I keep them from coming back year after year.”

How to get rid of weeds from your landscape area.

How to get rid of weeds

There are thousands of weed killing products on the market today, which ones work best, and what is the secret? Well, there is no secret but there are many ways to keep your yard, landscape or property free of weeds.

Weeds grow in just about any place, in cement and asphalt cracks, around ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees. And during the spring and Monsoon seasons, they sprout out just about everywhere.

Just a little sprinkle of rain can get them started faster than you and I can pull them out. So, here are some great ways to blast those weeds away and help keep them from coming back.


When to kill Weeds

Early Spring: Use a weed seed pre-emergence herbicide or a weed preventer that will inhibit weed seeds from germinating.

You will need to apply this product where ever weeds were present from the previous year. This will not kill any weeds that are currently growing or that are visible.

Herbicide Preemergent – This will usually come in a granular or powdered form and needs to be watered in after applying. This will eventually turn into an oily substance that will cover the weed seeds thus preventing them from germinating. There is also a liquid pre-emergent and eliminates having to water it in afterward.

Note: If you have planted other types of seeds in that area they will NOT germinate.

Does Roundup Work to Kill Weeds?  Yes, it does: Use Roundup™ to kill existing weeds. The newest type of Roundup™ will kill down to the roots.

Remember Roundup™ will also kill anything green that it comes in contact with including cactus or native plants. Always spray during a non-windy day.  Do not use Roundup on any lawn. Follow the instructions on the label to the tee.

The EPA considers glyphosate to have low toxicity when used at the recommended doses. “Risk estimates for glyphosate were well below the level of concern,” said EPA spokesman Dale Kemery. The EPA classifies glyphosate as a Group E chemical, which means there is strong evidence that it does not cause cancer in humans. Read more here. 

Killzall Will basically do the same thing but they do have it with a pre-emergent which helps the weed seeds from coming back.  The main ingredient for Roundup and Killzall is glyphosate.

How to get rid of weeds

The number one way to removing weeds is to pull them out by hand roots and all.  Gloves and a good weed pulling tool are recommended.

How to kill weeds
Weed pulling Tools – From Amazon

If weeds are growing in your lawn you can use a product called weed-out plus™ Made by Ferti-lome. Most Retail greenhouses or nurseries will have this product year round. It will not harm ornamental grasses but will kill existing weeds in your lawn. It comes in a liquid form and needs to be sprayed on according to the instructions.

A few tips on using almost any type of herbicide. It’s best to use it when temperatures hover around 85 degrees. Do not use it on newly planted lawns. The types of weeds weed-out plus™ kills.

  • Chickweed
  • Crabgrass
  • Barnyardgrass
  • Foxtail Black-Eyed Susan
  • Buttercup
  • Catnip
  • Chickweed
  • Dandelion
  • Dollarweed
  • Ground Ivy
  • Jimsonweed
  • Morning Glory
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Ragweed Spurge
  • Thistle
  • Shepherds Purse

Mid Summer: Any remaining weeds should be pulled by hand roots and all…Oh, I know It’s dirty hard work. This method works very well and hiring the next door kid is really inexpensive. It is important to remember that all weeds will produce seeds. Cutting, mowing or even pulling them by hand will drop more seeds into your lawn or landscape.

How to get rid of weeds

The biggest deterrent to a weed-free lawn is continuous maintenance. Regular watering and a fertilizing schedule will work wonders on any type of grass. Bermuda grasses and Fescue will choke out many types of weeds if it is well maintained. Color Your World Nurseries will always have the products mentioned here during the spring, summer and fall seasons.

Here is a website with a guide to help you identify the type of weeds you might have in your garden or lawn area.
Weed Identify Guide 

What about Goatheads

Yea, Goatheads are mean looking sharply pointed seed.  It will puncture bike tires, tennis shoes, even auto tires.  The weeds are in the (Caltrop family).  It produces a small yellow flower.  It is also called puncturevine, Texas sandburs and thrives in and around the Southwest region of the U.S.

 

How to kill Goatheads

Pre-emergent will keep the Goathead seeds from germinating but will usually bounce back later on the year and for sure the next year.

Pulling them out by hand is difficult but probably the best way to come them from coming back.  Chopping them off with a weed wacker will only strengthen its root system.  Roundup™ and Killzall will kill them but these products will also damage other plants and lawns nearby if not applied correctly.  They are non-selective herbicides!

If there are in an open field you can burn them off with a propane burner.  However, in the lawn, it’s best to pull them out by hand.  Also, a good thick healthy lawn will prevent them from germinating.

Did you know Goatheads have a natural predator? Yes, it is called the Puncturevine Weevil.  You can find out more here. Goathead Predator. 

How to get rid of Weeds
Stand-Up Weeder And Root Removal Tool – Ergonomic Weed Puller With A 33” Tall Handle And Foot Pedal – Easy Weed Grabber.

 

 

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