My wife and I live on the edge of town, and our yard borders a field overrun with weeds. So you can imagine our constant battle with weed pressure in our yard. 

Shortly after moving into our home a few years ago, the battle against the weeds began. I've tried numerous products to control these little buggers, and although I have gained the upper hand, the enemy is always ready to attack. Some days it seems like the harder I try, the worse the weeds get!

My Latest Solution

In areas where we don't have grass, I've been using a product called Pramitol. This product works great; however, it is some extreme stuff! In all reality, Pramitol is more of a ground sterilant than a weed killer. But don't get me wrong, it will kill weeds! As you can see in these pictures, it continually leaches into my lawn and kills my healthy grass. 

Grass browning due to pramitol
Jason Laird
grass being turned brown due to pramitol
Jason Laird

Helpful Weed Control Tips

I'm sure I'm not the only one dealing with pesky weeds, so I compiled a list of helpful tips and tricks to help you manage and control weeds effectively:

  1. Regular maintenance: Regularly mow your lawn and maintain a consistent height that promotes healthy grass growth. Keeping your lawn well-maintained can help prevent weeds from taking hold and competing for resources.
  2. Hand pulling: For isolated weeds or small areas, manually pulling them by hand can be effective. Remove the entire weed, including the roots, to prevent regrowth. This method is best suited for minor infestations or when dealing with larger weeds that are easier to remove manually.
  3. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, around flower beds, garden areas, or between plants. Mulch helps suppress weed growth by preventing sunlight from reaching weed seeds and smothering young weeds. Ensure to avoid placing mulch directly against the stems or trunks of plants to prevent moisture-related issues.
  4. Herbicides: If manual removal or mulching alone is insufficient, you can consider using herbicides. There are selective herbicides that target specific types of weeds and non-selective herbicides that can kill any vegetation they come into contact with. Read and follow the instructions on the herbicide label carefully to ensure proper application and safety precautions. Be mindful of potential environmental impacts and consider using herbicides as a last resort.
  5. Proper watering and fertilization: Maintaining a healthy lawn properly and providing appropriate fertilization can help create a dense turf that can outcompete weeds—water deeply and infrequently, promoting more profound root growth for your grass. Additionally, follow recommended fertilization practices to provide essential nutrients for your lawn while minimizing weed growth.
  6. Prevention: Preventing weed seeds from germinating in the first place is a proactive approach. Regularly inspect your yard and remove any seed heads or flowers from weeds before they disperse their seeds. Consider using pre-emergent herbicides in early spring to create a barrier that prevents weed seeds from sprouting.

Remember, weed control is an ongoing process, and it may take time and persistence to achieve desired results. You can effectively manage and minimize weed growth in your yard by employing a combination of these methods and maintaining a consistent lawn care routine.

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