Top 5 Best Lawn Weed Killers – Reviewed
Best weed killers for lawns
If you have weeds causing mayhem on your lawn then you are not alone. There are many ways to control the weeds on your lawn. Non-chemical options are to remove all the weeds by hand and more importantly treating your lawn yearly to keep it nice and healthy which will help to reduce the weeds on the lawn in the long term.
If your lawn is particularly weedy and manual weeding is not an option, there are a selection of what are known as ‘selective lawn weedkillers on the market’. These weedkillers can be applied and will kill the weeds but not the grass.
Which weeds can they control?
They are selective in that they kill broad leafed weeds. Not all weedkillers kill the same types of weeds as it will depend on the active ingredients. Many of them will kill the most common such as buttercups, daisies, dandelions, clovers, docks as well as many more. If you know which weeds you have in your lawn it is always a good idea to choose weedkiller which specifies that it controls those types of weeds.
Types of lawn weedkillers
Weedkillers can be purchased ready mixed or as a concentrate that you mix yourself in a sprayer. The concentrate option is usually much cheaper and ideal for larger areas where you may need to treat your whole lawn.
Our Recommended – Lawn weedkiller concentrate
Verdone Extra Liquid Concentrate Lawn Weedkiller
Probably one of the best lawn weedkillers available, produced by Scotts Miracle-Gro. Simply mix with water at the required rate and you are good to go. It is very effective and is season long meaning you only need to apply it once in most cases.
It is available in 250ml, 500ml and a larger 1 litre quantity, with the larger one covering 667 Sqm which is ideal for larger lawns. What makes this weedkiller one of the best is that it contains 3 types of herbicide which means it kills a large selection of broaf-leafed weeds including:
Dandelions, Daisies, Clover, Plantain, Common Mouse-Ear, White Clover, Black Medick, Lesser Trefoil.
The weeds start to die within a few days, they will start to wilt and it then takes around 4-6 weeks before they turn brown and turn to mulch which in turn adds nutrients to the soil feeding the grass.
Two others advantages is that you can apply it to lawns over two months old, most other weedkillers it is a minimum of 6 months and once dried it is safe for pets and children to go onto the treated area.
Ready mixed weedkillers
Ready mixed weedkillers are ideal for spraying individual weeds and are ideal for spot weed killing. The advantage of doing this is that you reduce the amount of chemicals used on your lawn and the less you can use any types of chemicals in the garden the better.
You can now purchase larger, ready to use weedkillers that come with a sprayer attached that uses a pump action for spraying larger areas without the need for mixing it yourself.
Our Recommended Ready-to-use Lawn Weedkillers
Verdone Extra Ready To Use Lawn Weedkiller
Ideal for smaller applications where the concentrate would be too much, spray individual weeds or small patches of weeds with ease using the trigger gun included.
- Never apply weedkiller onto a new lawn until they are at least 6 months old.
- Apply when the weeds are actively growing, this is usually between April and September. Apply then they are not growing will result in poor results.
- Apply ideally then the soil is moist but the weeds and lawn are dry. Check the weather forecast as ideally it should not rain for at least 24 hours after the application for them to be effective.
- Lawn weedkillers will not kill seeds so apply a second time around 6-8 weeks after the first application to kill new weeds or stubborn weeds that need more than one application.
- If covering larger areas, use a concentrate as this will be cheaper and easier to apply.
- Do not spray when windy as they can kill shrubs, trees and plants if spray drifts into them.
- Do not mow the lawn 3 days before or 3 days after the application of lawn weed killers.
There are many weed killers available for lawns from lots of different brands but Verdone Extra by ‘Scotts Miracle-Gro’ does seem to be the most effective at killing the largest range of broad-leafed weeds and has many advantages to others available on the market which include quick but longer lasting effectiveness, can be used on new lawns over 2 months old and once dry children and pets do not need to be excluded from the treated areas.
It is available in many sizes, in concentrates and ready to use cartona and really does tick all the boxes for an effective weedkiller to use on lawns. Don’t be tempted by cheaper products, you will only find yourself applying multiple applications and find that it is not as effective on some weeds.
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