Choosing and Applying Weed Killer

When choosing and applying weed killer you need to remember that the weed control method you choose depends on which type of weeds you are dealing with and where they are growing. For example, in vegetable gardens, hand-weeding and mulching are generally the best choices when choosing and applying weed killer.

There is something about weeds that makes normally rational gardeners either go into a weed pulling frenzy or retreat indoors giving up their plot to a hostile weed takeover! If you are besieged by weeds, we have pulled together some helpful tips for you to pick and apply weed killer.

A productive technique for controlling weeds in your garden has three steps:

1. Identify the weed so you can determine how it grows.

2. Once you know how the weed spreads, choose a technique for getting rid of it.

3. The final step is preventing weeds from coming back.

Putting Weeds in Hot Water

You do not need harmful chemical sprays to get rid of pesky weeds! You can create an effective weed killer by simply dumping boiling water over the weeds. It may take a few hours to see results. Boiling water treatments work best on seedlings. Perennials would require repeated applications every week or so.

Choosing and applying weed killer in the above example is not the best practical for managing large gardens. However, it is an alternative to hand-weeding! If you do apply weed killer to garden weeds, be aware that it takes several weeks for soil organisms to recover in the treated areas. It is a good idea to spread compost afterward to supply nutrients for new plantings.

Choosing Weed Killer Control

All weeds have one to three life cycles: annuals, biennials, or perennials. Knowing the life cycle of your weed population is key in determining how they grow and in turn how to stop them in their tracks!

For annual weeds like lamb’s quarters, one part of controlling is never allowing them to set seed. Another effective control involves choosing weed killer strategies such as mulching or other techniques to prevent existing seeds from sprouting.

For biennials weeds such as Queen Anne‘s lace, the seed to seed cycle is spread over 2 years. The main option to choose and apply weed killer control to a biennial is to dig out the weed, root and all.

Perennial weeds like kudzu and wild garlic live for several years or more. They are generally the most difficult weeds to control. Digging out the roots and mowing the above ground growth repeatedly in the fall are your options for eliminating well established perennials.

Applying Weed Killer Controls

Tough to eliminate weeds may require frequent weeding of every 7 to 14 days. If you are unable to adhere to this schedule, concentrate your efforts of applying weed killer before flowering and again later in the season.

If once a year weeding is the only choice for your particular site, cut weeds to the ground as the flower buds form. By choosing and applying weed killer in this way, you will weaken the roots, thus reducing the chance of the weeds returning.

As you follow the three step plan of identifying weeds, choosing and applying weed killer, it should become an automatic part of your garden maintenance. When you discover which weeds invade your garden and how to deal with them safely, successful weed control will be in the works!