Weed Control: Physical vs. Chemical

Weed ControlProper lawn care (which involves correct mowing, watering, and fertilization) is essential to preventing weeds. This contributes to having a thick lawn with a dense grass that controls dandelions and other weeds in the yard.

If a few weeds are growing in your lawn, changing your care practices are enough to kill them. If the problem, however, is a lot bigger, it is important to know the control options, which can be physical or chemical.

Physical (Safe Methods)

  • Hand pulling. This is one of the safest way to get rid of weeds. Pincer-type long weed pullers eliminate the need to exert too much effort on your part. They are great in moist soil and weeds with long tap roots.
  • Hot Water. While hot water can weaken or kill plants, grass are more resistant to heat because of protective sheath. Pouring almost boiling water on the affected area can do the trick without the adverse effects.

Chemical (if other methods fail)

  • Identify the weed. This is to make sure that you will use the right herbicide. Note that the wrong choice can damage the plants and result in poor weed control. It also poses risk to personal health and pollutes the waterways.
  • Read the labels. Salt Lake City yard weed control experts suggest doing this before using any pesticides. Be sure to wear the right clothing and keep kids and pets off the yard. Follow the directions carefully to reduce the risk of chemical or pesticides exposure.
  • Spot Spray. Choose a low toxic herbicide to treat affected area. This is better and safer than applying to spread it all over the grass. Contact lawn experts to know least-toxic pesticide options.
  • Know more about herbicides. They can be pre-emergent or post-emergent. The former prevents weed seeds from developing, but don’t have much effect on present weeds. The latter, meanwhile, get rid of existing weeds, but can be selective in action.
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Physical methods are the preferred way to eliminate stubborn weed. You can also spot spray with a least-toxic pesticide or let lawn care professionals deal with the problem.