5 simple rules to remember when spraying for weeds.

spraying weeds

Spraying weeds

Is it time to go spraying for weeds? Have you ever gone to the hardware store and bought a bottle of weed killer, only to find out the hard way that you bought the wrong stuff? I’ve seen it happen when someone took a bottle of “Grass and Weed Killer” to their lawn, only to have several dead spots show up a few days later. Spraying for weeds used to be a fairly simple task, but now days there are so many options, it’s very easy to accidentally buy the wrong weed killer.

I’ve created this list as a guideline to follow when spraying for weeds.

Rule 1. Identify the weed and make sure you are buying the appropriate herbicide.

If you bring a sample of the weed you are trying to control, someone at the store will likely be able to help you find the correct herbicide.

Rule 2. Make sure you are using a spreader sticker.

A spreader sticker is a liquid additive that you mix with the weed killer and water. It helps the herbicide stick to the leaves more effectively, thus having better results. I know it may just seem like more money being spent, but it usually doesn’t cost but a few dollars and it really does make a difference.

Rule 3. Make sure you follow the instructions on the label.

When spraying for weeds, you must absolutely read the label before mixing/spraying the weed killer. The label will tell you things like what kind of clothes to wear while spraying for weeds, what the temperature should be when spraying for weeds, what rates to mix the weed killer with water and how often you can spray your lawn with that particular product.

Rule 4. Avoid overlapping so that you don’t “burn” the grass.

If you overlap too often when spraying for weeds, you risk damaging the lawn and potentially killing your desirable grass. You might consider using a “marker dye” to see where you have already sprayed. Certain retail

Rule 5. Remember that most herbicides won’t work when the soil temperature is very cold.

If you start too early in March, you might find yourself out spraying for weeds when the air  temperature is 65 degrees but the soil temperature is still too cold for the weed killer to work just yet. You might consider waiting a few more weeks and let that soil temperature warm up a little more.

Well that’s all for today! I hope this helps you on your journey to great looking lawn! Take a look at my blog post titled “When is the best time to spray for weeds?” For more information!

 

Clint Baxter

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