10 Tips for Using Herbicides
When you have weeds that are still hanging on in your grass seed lawn, you may have to take stronger measures against them in the form of an herbicide. Herbicides are great for weed control, but they also are complicated to use, and dangerous when not used correctly. Here are ten tips for using herbicides safely and effectively.
1. Use herbicides last. The best tools for weed management are cultural prevention (keeping your lawn healthy enough to compete with weeds), and hand pulling. Herbicides are very toxic, so they shouldn’t be used on a casual basis. Use them only when nothing else will get rid of a stubborn weed.
2. Correctly identify the weed you want to get rid of. The amount of herbicides out there is staggering, and each of them will treat a different type of weed. Correctly identifying the weed will ensure that you pick the proper herbicide to fight it.
3. Use an herbicide safe for your grass seed type. Not all herbicides are safe for all lawns, so check and double check that the one you’ve chosen won’t harm your grass seed type. You won’t be happy if the herbicide kills the weed and the lawn!
4. Don’t apply preemergence herbicides to a newly germinated lawn. Preemergence herbicides are applied to the soil before weeds start growing. They attempt to block cell division in all newly germinating seeds-which means that if you have a newly germinating lawn, its cell division will be blocked too. Wait at least until a lawn has been mowed 3 times and becomes more established before you begin using preemergence herbicides for weed control.
5. Don’t apply herbicides on drought-stressed or dormant weeds. Drought-stressed and dormant seeds are already using conserving their energy to survive, so applying an herbicide will have very little effect on them. Apply herbicides when the weeds are young and actively growing. This is when they’re easiest to remove.
6. Don’t use herbicides when temperatures are above 85 degrees. Extreme heat can cause herbicides to damage surrounding grass, trees, flowers, or shrubbery. Wait for a cooler day, when damage isn’t as much of an issue.
7. Water the
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8. Don’t mow the lawn for 2 days afterward. Mowing too early can remove some of the herbicide you just applied.
9. Follow all instructions on the herbicide label. Following all the instructions means applying no more herbicide than the stated amount, wearing protective clothing, using the right procedures, and storing or disposing the leftover herbicide correctly. Herbicides become dangerous unless they are used extremely carefully.
10. Don’t expect a 100% weed-free lawn. Trying to go after every weed with herbicide until it is dead is unrealistic, and will do more harm to your grass seeds lawn than good. Do your best to get rid of weeds, but relax and let your lawn grow without agonizing about the few unwanted extra plants that are left.
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