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The Best 2 Ways To Kill Weeds In Your Lawn
And Other Weed Control Techniques that Work
The best two ways to kill weeds in your lawn are to mow your lawn regularly and to chose a lawn like Buffalo or Zoysia that competes well with weeds. Broad leaf weeds have broad, generally flat leaves and could be sprayed out of your lawn with chemicals such as Bromoximal MCPA, often sold under the brand Bindii Killer. If you have got Buffalo turf, make certain you use one compatible with Buffalo.
Broad leaf weeds include Clover, Bindii, Thistle, Capeweed, Creeping Oxalis, Cat’s Ear and more. You can utilise either the chemicals diluted into a spray pack or unit, which happens to be the best way. Spray the lawn and the weeds will die and the lawn will remain unharmed.
Other options include using a clip-on hose herbicide such as Yates, which is easy to use, but on some harder to kill weeds like Clover, are not as effective as the mixture you would make up in a spray unit. However, for other weeds they work well.
Weed and feed products sound good, but horticulturists tend not to recommend spraying a weed chemical and fertilising concurrently. It is advisable to keep these processes separate. Some Clover weeds can be particularly stubborn and you may need to use a stronger chemical, but these are not available to the public, so you may need to hire a specialist or simply kill the areas with round up and replant, or try stronger frequent applications of the Broad Leaf chemical available to you.
Keep a look out over winter for Bindii to develop. It could take several applications to get them all as they germinate at different times over winter. Remember, stop weeds before they seed and you can expect to stop the next generation.
Having Couch or Zoysia, you can use a specialist to get many grass weeds out of your lawn with commercial chemicals.
You may also spot grass weeds out by yourself utilising Round Up or other mechanical methods. This works for all lawn types including Buffalo and Kikuyu, not to mention Couch and Zoysia. The best way to remove them is to chip them before they seed.
You can use a knife, a pick, or a specialised weeding fork, which definitely works the best. But if you must, another method is to use a wick wiper filled with Round Up. Simply wipe the herbicide on the weed and it will die. You may have to do this again in a few weeks. Be certain you do not get any on your lawn.
Sometimes you will have Kikuyu in your Buffalo lawn. To kill it, I’ll get comfortable and paint the Round Up on, making sure you’re wearing a rubber glove. Alternatively, you can position a bit of cardboard below the Kikuyu and above the lawn, and paint the Round Up directly onto the Kikuyu.
If you have a Couch or Zoysia lawn, specialists can take out Kikuyu with commercial chemicals which are not generally available for home sale, however DSMA or MCPA is now available in some home formulations such as Paspalum killer, and may be used to take out stubborn grass weeds such as Kikuyu and Paspalum in Zoysia and Couch.
Be certain you read the label carefully if you choose to do it yourself, as the label might vary from product to product. Some claim these chemicals will take out Nutgrass also, but generally Sempra would be a better choice.
If you are having issues with Nutgrass, there are specialist Nutgrass killers, however, they are usually so expensive for a small quantity it is often better value to hire a specialist commercial weed killing service. Although, recently Sempra has appeared on some web pages for as low as $69.95 for 25grms.
Non chemical weed control methods.
Mow regularly and well, and make use of Buffalo or Zoysia lawns. Apart from that you can chip or hand weed. Steam or hot water can be used to kill weeds. The steam or hot water, if used correctly, will kill Broad Leaf weeds without harming turf grass, but I suggest experimenting on small areas first to decide for yourself how best to do it.
It can also be dangerous, so maybe Round Up could be safer. Nowadays you can purchase small portable steamers. Plug these into an extension cord and steam the weed to death. For the people who really hate chemicals, your steamer can clean the bathroom, then kill the weeds.