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Things you should know about weed killers
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Things you should know about weed killers

NORCROSS, Ga. -- As spring emerges here in Norcross (finally), it’s time to get out and make your lawn look good. It’s time to clean things up, detach, mow, fertilize, and put down some pre-emergent herbicides, and post emergent weed killers. This post is meant to help people understand the basics of weed killers and how to use them more effectively.

What Is A Weed Killer?

What is a weed killer? Well, there are several different types of weed killers, and each works in a different way, depending on the type of weed you are dealing with. All weed killers are chemicals that are intended to get rid of certain plants, such as dandelions or crabgrass. They work by targeting the plant’s seed before it grows, or by killing the already matured plant.  So, if you are looking to keep your lawn free of unwanted plants, you probably want to find a weed killer that will work for you.

Some Things To Consider

When choosing a weed killer you should consider some things. For one, are their other plants growing around the weeds that you don’t want to kill, or are you looking to kill all the plants growing in a certain area? For example, you may want to get rid of all the plants in a sidewalk crack, or you may want to filter out unwanted weeds from your grass, leaving your grass unscathed. Will you be planting in that area soon after treating it? Some types of weed killer allow plants to grow in the soil after, while others may leave the soil unfertile. What form of weed killer will work best for your purposes? Do you want a granular or a liquid weed killer? And finally, what are the weeds you want to get rid of? Different types of weed killer affect different plants. You want to be sure you have the weed killer that will target your particular weed the best.

What Types of Weed Killer Can I Choose From?

There are four main categories of weed killer. Each category describes the mode of action by which the weed killer gets rid of unwanted plants. The first category is

(1)  Emergence. Emergence describes what stage the weed killer kills the plant. Pre-emergence weed killers get rid of the plant before it begins to grow. These are applied to soil two to three weeks before seeds germinate and are most effective on annual weeds.  Post-emergence weed killers are applied to the surface of grown weeds after they have emerged. The second category of weed killers is

(2)  Selectivity.  Weed killers can be either selective, killing only certain types of plants, or non-selective, killing every plant it contacts.  The third category is

(3)  Persistence. Some weed killers prevent the regrowth of weeds, called persistent herbicides. Others breakdown quickly and do not affect plant regrowth. These are called non-persistent. The last category is

(4) Contact or translocation. These either kill only the plant part that is contacted, or translocate into the entire weed to attack the plant and the root.

If you would like additional help identifying and treating weeds in your lawn or garden area you can call the local experts from DoMyOwnPestControl.com for help. They provide free professional advice and carry all the professional grade weed killers you need to treat any kind of weed. Their contact information is:

Do My Own Pest Control
4260 Communications Drive
Norcross, GA 30093
770-840-8831

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