summer flowering weeds in a lawn

Best way to Kill Weeds in the Lawn

Controlling weeds in a lawn requires a combination of strategies depending on the types of weeds and your preferences regarding chemical or non-chemical methods.

Here are several effective methods to kill weeds in a lawn:

Manual Removal:

    • Hand-pulling weeds is effective for small infestations. Ensure you remove the entire root system to prevent regrowth.
    • Use a weeding tool or a specialized weed puller for easier removal.

Mowing Practices:

    • Set your mower blade to the appropriate height for your grass type. Taller grass shades the soil, making it harder for weed seeds to germinate.
    • Regular mowing can prevent weeds from producing seeds and spreading.

Cultural Practices:

    • Overseed your lawn with grass varieties that are robust and vigorous, which helps in crowding out weeds.
    • Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth in your lawn grass, making it more competitive against weeds.

Use of Herbicides:

    • Readily available selective herbicides manufactured for lawns, target specific types of weeds while leaving your lawn grass unharmed. Read and follow the label instructions carefully.
    • Non-selective herbicides will kill all plants, including lawn grass, so use them cautiously and only on specific problem areas or where weed grasses are present.
    • Best time to apply is from May to September, after fertilising

Natural Weed Control Methods:

    • Vinegar-based solutions or horticultural vinegar can be used as a non-selective, natural weed killer for spot treatments.

Finding the Right Weed Killer

In our shop, under weed killers, you will find in the left column a category 'Weeds listed on the pack'. Select your weed from the list to get the correct weed killer. If your weed isn't listed, it means no testing has been done on that weed, so you will need to test for yourself. The good news is that the weed killers we have in our shop have the broadest range of herbicide ingredients available, so you stand a very good chance that one of them will work.

Prevention is Key

Maintaining a healthy lawn by practising good lawn care habits, including proper mowing, watering, and fertilising, can help prevent weeds from taking over. It's also important to address the underlying issues that allow weeds to thrive, such as compacted soil or poor drainage.

Always follow safety guidelines when using herbicides, wear protective gear, and carefully read and follow the instructions on the product label to ensure proper application and minimise any risks to the environment, humans and pets.