Best Broadleaf Weed Control for Your Lawn
A rich and vibrant lawn is the ultimate goal of every lawnowner. Unfortunately, perennial broadleaf plants such as dandelion often don’t allow us to enjoy our lawns to the fullest. If broadleaf weeds have invaded your lawn, you need to take certain measures to remove the nuisance.
Properly taking care of the lawn is the best way to prevent broadleaf weeds from sprouting. A thick lawn, for example, won’t allow chickweeds or dandelions to grow. The most important thing here is to make sure you are mowing at the right height, neither too high nor to low. IN addition, feeding the lawn occasionally (4 times per year) will also help a lot.
If Broadleaf Weeds Have Already Invaded the Lawn
If broadleaf weeds have are already present in your lawn there are a few ways to get rid of them. The best time of year to do this is from mid-September through October. During this period, broadleaf weeds are preparing for winter by transporting carbohydrates from foliage to the roots, which means they will also transport broadleaf herbicides along with carbs. This will ultimately cause their destruction.
When it comes to herbicides, they can be applied in two ways:
- As granules
- As liquids
If applied as granules, broadleaf herbicides are usually mixed with fertilizers. As such, they work best when the foliage is wet, so the morning is the best time of day to apply granules. Alternatively, you can also irrigate the lawn prior to application.
If you are using liquid herbicides be aware that the wind can drift the spray away from the intended spot(s), so don’t spray if the wind speed is above 5 mph. Also, avoid applying herbicides when the temperature is over 85 Fahrenheit.
To allow perennial broadleaves to absorb enough herbicide, don’t mow the lawn for 2-3 days prior to application and for another 3-4 days after it. It is also recommended to wait at least 30 days before seeding a treated lawn.
Garden centers offer a variety of weed killers, including dicamba (3,6-dichloro-o-anisic acid), MCPP (2-(2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy) propionic acid) and 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). However, since no single herbicide is able to control all types of broadleaf weeds, it’s best to use those products that include two or even three of them.
Removing broadleaf weeds by hand is also an option, but only when there’s not too much of it and the roots are not too deep in the ground. The root must be removed completely, otherwise, if even a little bit of it remains, the weed will regrow.