How to Control Weeds
Types of Weeds
• Broadleaf: Wide leaves, often with bright flowers (ex: dandelion, clover, plantain).
• Grassy: Round or flat stems and long narrow leaves (ex. hay).
Types of Chemical Weed Killers
• Selective: Controls only specific weeds. Weed B Gone kills only broadleaf plants but won’t harm grass. Use on lawns.
• Non-Selective: Kills any grass or plants it contacts. Use where you need to eliminate all plants, like an interlocking brick patio (product name: Roundup).
Read the Labels
Follow label directions carefully. They will tell you the following:
• Measuring directions.
• Areas where herbicide can be used.
• Plants to use herbicide on.
• Safety precautions.
• How long to wait before re-entering area.
Other Weed Removal Methods
• Pull by hand.
• Use specialized tools.
• Till under with hand or mechanical tiller.
• Mulch with organic or synthetic mulch.
• Use plastic or landscape fabric between soil and mulch.
• Maintain a healthy lawn: mow, water, fertilize, and overseed.
• Start with good topsoil for flower beds.
• Light weeding removing root and top before they set seed is the best method to control weeds in flower beds.