Weeds are plants that are growing where they’re not wanted. This can include lawn grasses creeping into garden beds and vegie patches, plants like dandelions and oxalis growing in paths, paved areas and flower beds and weeds like thistles, clover and bindii in lawns.
Weeds steal water and nutrients from our gardens and lawns, make the garden look untidy and can also harbour pests and diseases, so weeds should be controlled.
How to beat weeds
- Stop the future generations of weeds by controlling them before they have the chance to flower and set seed.
- A thicker, healthier, well fed lawn is better able to compete with lawn weeds.
- Apply mulch in garden beds and vegie patches to help reduce weeds.
- Carefully applying the correct herbicides (weed killers) onto weeds in gardens and lawns.
Guide to herbicides
There are two main types of herbicides – selective and non-selective.
- Selective herbicides
Control some plant types and leave others unaffected. They are mostly used to remove broadleaf weeds from lawns like clover, thistles and bindii. An example of a selective herbicide is the Yates® Weed’n’Feed range. Yates Weed’n’Feed and Yates Weed’n’Feed BuffaloPro are also boosted with fertilisers to help keep the lawn looking lush and green, while remove weeds from the lawn.
- Non-selective herbicides
Non-selective herbicides include products like Yates® Zero®, Yates® Tree & Blackberry Killer and Yates® Path Weeder. The Yates® Zero® range of weedkillers controls a variety of weeds – roots and all. They include some very fast acting formulations such as Yates® Zero® Rapid 1Hr Action, where visible results can be seen in as little as one hour. Yates® Tree & Blackberry Killer is ideal for controlling unwanted trees and shrubs and Yates® Path Weeder will kill existing weeds in paths and hard surfaces and prevent new weeds from germinating for up to 12 months.
For gardeners wanting to use organic methods of weed control, we have a solution – Yates® Nature’s Way Organic Weed Spray is based on clove oil and is certified for use in organic gardens.
Tips for applying herbicides
- Read and follow label instructions carefully.
- When applying lawn and path herbicides, measure the area to be treated first.
- Weedkillers work most effectively when the weeds are actively growing (usually spring, summer, autumn).
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