A lawn is a big responsibility. There are a thousand and one ways to get it wrong when it comes to your lawn, and it’s easy to get led astray. But with the right arsenal of products, you can stay two steps ahead of the threats to your lawn, keeping it healthy, thick, and green for years to come. First is the question of how to keep weeds away. There are lots of ways to do this, but short of hiring people to do it for you, there are a number of great products out there that help do the job. Weeding can be backbreaking work, so you want a good weed preventer to keep the weeds from coming back.
RM43 43-Percent Glyphosate Plus Weed Preventer Total Vegetation Control, 1-Gallon
One powerful such weed preventer is the RM43. Ideal for fence rows, gravel walkways, sidewalks and driveways, this pesticide prevents any vegetation from growing whatsoever. So be careful where you spray this one, because it will kill anything green, not just weeds.
Preen Garden Weed Preventer – 16 lb. pail Covers 2560 sq. ft.
A more affordable, economical option is the Preen Garden Weed Preventer, which for a lower price, gives even more square footage coverage. This product is popular and reliable, and would be a great addition to your garden shed. With clear instructions, a big value, and a convenient scoop inside the box, the Preen will have you spending less to keep your lawn and garden immaculate.
Roundup Pro Weed Killer Concentrate, 2.5 Gal
Another popular option is the Roundup Pro, a water soluble liquid herbicide commonly called the king of weed killers. 2.5 gallons goes a long way, and there may just not even be something this strong and large available in stores for this price, so for your buck, this packs a wallop. It will kill grass, weeds, and just about anything green you put it on.
Southern Ag 2,4-D Amine Weed Killer Selective Broadleaf Weed Control, 32oz – 1 Quart
For broadleaf plant herbicide, you may want to look no further than the Southern Ag 2,4-D Amine Weed Killer, which is a type of herbicide that only kills broadleaf plants. This means you can spray it once or twice over your lawn without killing the grass, but most-to-all of the weeds will die, with the potential exception of oxalis weeds, which have underground rhizomes, which re-generate the weed after it looks dead. So with the Southern Ag 2,4-D, you’ll need to hand-pull your oxalis, but other than that, don’t use this on the same patch of lawn more than once or twice, or the grass will be overpowered and die as well.
Compare-N-Save Concentrate Grass and Weed Killer, 41-Percent Glyphosate, 1-Gallon
The Compare-N-Save Concentrate Grass and Weed Killer is a great choice for gardeners and landscapers, with a 41% Glyphosate mix, this product keeps your soil fertile and safe for new future growths or replanting (meaning this cannot kill seeds or dormant weeds). Glyphosate works over the course of a week, and it works well, so stay patient after spraying. All you need is a cheap sprayer, and a week’s patience, and this product will help you take control of your property back from aggressive vegetation.
Bonide Chemical Chickweed, Clover and Oxalis Killer
The Bonide Chemical Chickweed, Clover, and Oxalis Killer is a great choice for those harder-to-kill weeds like oxalis, dandelions, and so on, though it has a more difficult time treating crabgrass, especially thick crabgrass. As they say, don’t worry how much water you mix with this herbicide, it’s more just about how much of the herbicide makes it onto your lawn, the water is just a vehicle and evaporates quickly compared to the herbicide. Some recommend mixing in a bit of dish soap with this product to help it adhere better to leaves.
Roundup 5200210 Weed and Grass Killer III Ready-to-Use Comfort Wand Sprayer, 1.33-Gallon
One great lower-cost option is the Roundup 5200210 Weed and Grass Killer III, which comes with its own sprayer and a convenient no-mix formula. Rainproof after 10 minutes, this product delivers visible results in 3 hours, but like most weed killers, it takes about a week to truly get the job done. It’s a good idea to actually water after applying this one, so the product has an easy time getting to the roots of the weeds. This is most gardeners’ easy button and is a great value.
Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer with Extended Control Concentrate (HG-96391) (32 fl oz)
Another powerful, low-cost option that’s popular is the Spectracide Weed and Grass Killer with Extended Control Concentrate, which kills all vegetation and prevents regrowth for up to three months. While you only get 32 ounces here, it’s a very powerful concentrate, so you can mix it with water for great results.
Roundup 5705010 Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer Concentrate, 32-Ounce
The Roundup 5705010 Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer Concentrate is a classic for most landscapers, preventing weed re-growth for up to 4 months. Keep in mind this product won’t kill blackberries, but it will take care of just about any weed, with an actual money-back guarantee backed by Roundup.
PBI/Gordon Speed Zone Lawn Weed Killer, 20-Ounce
Lastly, one great value is the PBI/Gordon Speed Zone Lawn Weed Killer, which promises visible results in hours over 14-18,000 square feet, and is rated to not harm lawn grasses, and really won’t burn your lawn if you’re careful. For tough-to-kill weeds that other products leave behind, the Speed Zone may be for you.
Uprooting and taking out every last weed on your property is back-breakingly hard work. Great values in herbicides like the Roundup Pro if you’re a landscaper, or the Roundup Extended Control if you’re more of a casual gardener, make gardening and landscaping fun, rather than something where you spend all day bent over doing hard labor stressing your back, and in that sense risking your health.