Recent rains can cause broad leaf weeds to pop up overnight.
The best way to stop the spreading is to physically pull them up, getting the root structure if possible.
If the number of plants is too large to pull all of them, you may choose to apply a broad leaf weed post emergent eradicator.
Use a selective kill product, one specifically designed for your infestation. (Use of a nonselective product could damage your lawn.)
- Apply it only where needed. (Avoid broadcasting it in flower beds and close to trees.)
- Avoid using a combination weed and feed product. The general purpose herbicide may not be strong enough for certain weeds and the fertilization portion may not be the best for your particular lawn. (We’ll cover feeding your lawn next week.)
- An organic approach to weed control is the use 20% vinegar applied directly to the surface of the plant. While this doesn’t effect the root system it does kill everything it contacts. So be careful to keep the vinegar from contacting other plants.
- If you have questions or need help in identifying the type of weed(s) you have, contact your local lawn and garden center for recommendations on your specific situation.
- Wear proper protective clothing, gloves, mask and eye protection as needed, when broadcasting herbicides or poisons of any kind.
- Read and follow all instructions listed on the product’s packaging.
Most herbicides are designed for use during warm weather. If the temperature is cool or cold during your application, a complete kill may not take place and an additional treatment may be necessary.