What Is Weed Control?


Weed control is a means to both prevent and eliminate invasive weeds from gardens and lawns. The control utilizes both chemical and physical techniques in order to prevent weeds from reaching maturity. Weeds are seen as a danger and a nuisance due to their potential to bring harm to livestock as well as plants. There are various weed control methods.


Weeds can be controlled with the use of chemical herbicides. Applying herbicides is a quick and highly effective way of eliminating weeds. When using on lawns, it is crucial to seek out a type of herbicide that does not injure the grass. With use of herbicides, it is also important to be aware of proximity to trees, water, shrubs and other vegetation. Spot spraying is the appropriate method with which to apply herbicide.


One way to control weeds is by preventing them from occurring in the first place. This is helpful because once an infestation happens, it becomes much more costly and difficult to get rid of completely. There are various weed preventers that are available commercially, many of which can get rid of weeds entirely for up to three months at a time. Many of the preventers do not cause harm to soil organisms, beneficial insects and stream or pond life.

Proper Practices

One recommended means of weed control is by exercising healthy practices. This includes regularly fertilizing and irrigating pastures and lawns, and making sure that they never become overgrazed. Healthy and sturdy grasses are likely to halt development of weeds, while thin and stringy grasses just encourage it.


Biological weed control involves the use of living agents to eliminate weeds. These agents can be bacteria, insects, fungi and also grazing animals such as cattle, goats, sheep and horses.


Mechanical techniques are highly useful for controlling weeds. These techniques include disking, digging, mowing, plowing and pulling. Mowing lawns works for suppressing weeds by reducing the production of seed heads. Digging and hand-pulling is particularly effective, but only if the top two to three inches of taproot is extracted in order to prevent further growth.

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