When using any type of chemicals on your lawn, you should read the instructions carefully so that you don’t accidentally spray yourself, other people, pets, or plants you want to keep. Most chemicals contain an herbicide that will kill the weed in its entirety, which includes the roots.
While this method can be very effective on broadleaf weeds, woody weeds, and vine weeds, you may have difficulty with hearty weeds. To get rid of Japanese Knotweed, for example, you may have to inject an herbicide directly into the plant. The chemical will travel to the root which should kill the weed.
Always follow the instructions that come with the weed killer because you will have to dilute it with a certain amount of water. Always wear your gloves and wear clothing that is old and can be thrown away if necessary. Lock up children and pets when you are spraying chemicals on the lawn.
When not using chemicals, lock them away safely in a shed, garage, or basement. Discard any chemicals after a year.
While some people swear by chemical methods, many people would rather try more organic methods of weed removal and prevention. Protecting other plants, the water supply, and life as they know it is worth spending a little extra time. You should be aware of these methods and try to incorporate some of them in your lawn care routine. Sometimes, though, a stubborn weed can only be killed using a harsh chemical. Don’t be afraid to use them, just be sure to use them with caution.
Terry Blackburn. Internet Marketing Consultant, living in South Shields in the North-East of England. Author and Producer of blog www.lawnsurgeon.blogspot.com. Author of "Your Perfect Lawn," a 90 Page eBook devoted to Lawn Preparation, Lawn Care and Maintenance. Find it at www.lawnsurgeon.com
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