Herbicides

  • How Long Should You Wait to Use Herbicides on Fresh Sod?

    How Long Should You Wait to Use Herbicides on Fresh Sod?Sod is transplanted mature turf that is grown on a farm, and then rolled out like a rug on your property. Sod provides an easy option for instantly cultivating a lush, green yard. But to ensure the health and longevity of the grass, sod needs time to take root after being laid in your lawn.  

    Premium, high-quality sod is typically weed-free when you receive it. However, weeds may appear when you lay new sod over soil that already contains live weeds. If weeds appear in your new sod, you need to exercise caution before using herbicides to control them.  

     

    Timing is Important 

     

    Fresh sod needs time for its roots to anchor into the soil and spread out and grow. Sod is vulnerable when you first roll it out, and thus must be protected damage due to mishaps. Before applying herbicides to sod, then, give it at least three weeks to establish itself in your lawn. If possible, pull up weeds manually rather than using herbicides during this critical period of growth. However be careful not walk on newly planted sod if to wet, it could disturb your finial grade.  

     

    What Kind of Weed Killer Should I Use?  

     

    Make sure the weed killer you pick is labeled for use on the turf species in your lawn. Consider a selective post-emergent herbicide in a spray bottle or tank sprayer  with a controllable stream; this way, you can easily spot-treat the weeds in your new sod. 

     

    Pre-emergent herbicides prevent weeds from growing, but if you lay sod in spring or fall it may be too late to use this kind of herbicide. You could use it the next year if needed, but once your sod is down, focus on post-emergent herbicides instead. Just take care to focus on the isolated weeds to avoid causing collateral damage to the surrounding turf.  

     

    For more helpful advice on how to care for your new sod, check out our complete care guidelines here. 

  • Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives to Chemical Herbicides

    Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives to Chemical HerbicidesYou’ve made an investment in your new yard, and we are just as invested in helping you maintain a healthy yard that you and your whole family can enjoy for many years. Chemical herbicides might work well in many cases, but inappropriate use can harm beneficial plants, leech into the groundwater, and can have a negative impact on the local ecosystem as a whole. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to chemical herbicides that are both effective and safe. Please be cautious in using some of these methods as they are not selective in what they kill.

    Boiling Water

    As simple as it sounds, pouring boiling water over their stems and leaves is a great way to get rid of unwanted weeds, especially in tight spots like the cracks of a driveway. Boiling water will destroy the root systems of weeds, preventing them from coming back in the future. Just be sure not to pour any onto your other plants, or they could get taken down with the weeds.

    Borax

    Also known as sodium borate, borax is a naturally-occurring compound that can be easily dissolved in water to create an effective herbicidal treatment. It’s also found in a variety of other household products such as laundry detergents and cleaning solutions. To make a borax-based herbicide, just mix 10 ounces of powdered borax in 2.5 gallons of water. After the borax has been thoroughly dissolved, apply it to weeds in a spray bottle, and be careful to avoid overspray on other plants and grasses.

    Salt

    Salt is a natural herbicide. It is important, however, to only salt the leaves of the weeds directly, and not to cover the soil around the weeds. When salt gets into the soil, it can kill desirable plants as well. Dissolve 1 part salt in 8 parts hot water, add a squirt of dish soap, and pour into a spray bottle. Apply your solution directly to the leaves of the weeds and take care to avoid nearby plants you want to preserve.

    Vinegar

    Spraying a little white vinegar onto the leaves of weeds can keep them under control as well. Grocery store vinegar will do, but more acidic vinegar is also available at your local home and garden store. You can also combine a little rock salt with the white vinegar for added weed-killing power.

    And remember, if all else fails you can always remove weeds the old fashioned way and pull them right out by their roots! Just be sure to wear a pair of sturdy gloves to protect your hands from thorns and thistles.

    Stay tuned for more lawn care tips from Southern California’s premier source for healthy, locally grown sod – Sodlawn.

  • Pet-Friendly Weed Control Options

    Pet-Friendly Weed Control OptionsCommercial herbicides might do a pretty good job of killing weeds, but unfortunately their toxic ingredients can be harmful to other organisms as well. Likewise, if you have pets or small children around the house, these chemical weed killers might not be your best option. Fortunately, we have plenty of other pet-safe methods of weed control at our disposal as well.

    Manual Removal

    Pulling weeds out of the ground by their roots might not be the most glamorous option, but it’s effective and entirely safe for your both pets and the surrounding vegetation. It can also be a pretty satisfying method of stress relief. It might not be ideal for widespread weed invasions, but manual removal works just fine for isolated weed growth.

    Boiling Water

    This is a great option for getting rid of those pesky weeds that crop up between the cracks in walkways and along the edge of your driveway. Just heat up a pot of water on the stove, wait for it to boil, and pour it on the weeds. Take care not to pour it on nearby grass or plants, however, as the boiling water will kill the root systems of whatever it touches.

    A Propane Torch

    Using a small flamethrower to kill weeds might make some homeowners a little uneasy, but it’s actually a safe, effective and precise way to control weed growth in your lawn. The flame can be carefully regulated so that it’s just large enough to kill vegetation in a small area. You can buy propane torches designed specifically for weed control applications online or at your local garden supply store.

    Homemade Spray-On Formula

    You can also make a simple solution of natural, pet-safe ingredients to kill the weeds around your home. Start by mixing two cups of water with one cup of vinegar in a plastic spray bottle. Next add about a teaspoon of lemon juice and a few drops of dish soap to help the solution stick to weeds. Spray it on weeds during peak hours of sunshine. Check back in a day or two and the weeds should have wilted away.

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