I would like to zap weeds growing in the lawn and garden without harming
the grass and plants growing around the weeds. What is the best way to
do it? I saw something called a Weed Stick online, where you supposedly
walk around injecting any kind of concentrated weed killer directly on
the weed. Anyone try it? Would WD40 or gasoline work using a direct
applicator? It sounds like a lot of folks use Roundup, but I find that
it works too slow. It seems to take a couple of days for the leaves to
begin turning brown. Thanks for any suggestions.
What weeds? What works for some weeds will not work for others. I
assume that it is a lawn and that you want to not kill the grass.
There are a number of general lawn weed killers that will not kill the
grass (assuming you don't really overdo it) but will kill many kinds of
weeds) Note: always read the label and make sure it is safe on the grass
WD-40 is a great Water Displacement, a poor lubricant and a very poor
week killer. Gasoline is good at fueling most cars and can kill almost any
living thing, including grass.
Roundup will kill weeds, but it also kills grass and almost anything
else it gets on.
My suggestion is to identify the type(s) of grass you have and the types
of weeds you want to kill. Then with that information you can read the
labels on the available products to select one. You could also contact your
local county extension service and they would be able to offer some unbiased
suggestions good for your local conditions.
Question: Why would it be so important that it work in less than a few
days? Often that is the best solution. You want to kill it all the way to
When you are faced with only spot weeds, pulling by hand is best.
Roundup is sure-fire, and can be brushed on so you don't damage
surrounding lawn or plants and is easy to kill tough weeds. If there
are too many to do that, then a hose-end sprayer with a broadleaf weed
killer works very well. Weed/feed combos are not necessary and are too
much chemical for routine use. Just pulling a couple of weeds might
remove several thousand seeds, so it isn't wasted effort.
I gave up carpet-bombing my lawn with "Weed and Feed" products because
my trees were suffering for it. Instead, I now use two ounces of
2,4-D + mecoprop + dicambra concentrate per gallon in a pump sprayer
and leisurely walk around the yard spot-spraying broadleaf weeds. It's
so amazingly satisfying to soak a weed and KNOW it will be wilting the
next day, and dead in a week. I maintain my 2-acre lawn this way.
Takes about 40 minutes to walk the whole 2 acres. I do this about four
times during the active growing season. Every year the lawn looks
better and better.
When used properly it won't hurt your grass. Don't spray it on shrubs
Buy the stuff (any brand will do - just make sure to read the label and
check the concentration) at Walmart in late September when they are
clearing the shelves. You can get it for less than half price - 3
bucks a quart. I use about 2 quarts a year for 2 acres plus killing
poison ivy and brush along some wooded trails.
I hope you don't play golf or take your children to the park.
I hope you don't have a swimming pool or stay in hotels.
I hope you never buy groceries at Publix or Winn-Dixie or Kroger or
Meijer or WalMart.
I agree with Ether. Using a 2 gallon sprayer, you just walk the lawn
and deliver a spot treatment of an appropriate weedkiller directly to
the weeds. Much more effective than the weed n feed type products.
And much better for the environment, because you only use a small
fraction of the herbicide and deliver it where it works.
For most broadleaf weeds, a product like Weed B Gone is what you want
to use. There are other products that will also kill the weed, but not
the grass, but are targeted more for weeds that are tougher to control.
Only an imbecile would use WD-40 or gas on a lawn, which leads me to
believe the OP is a troll.
He's talking about 2 gallons of prepared solution, not 2 gallons of
For my 2 acres of lawn, I go through about 2 gallons of prepared
solution (2oz of concentrate per gallon of water) every time I treat
the property (about 4 times every spring). It only takes half an hour
On the trails through the woods, I go through several gallons (but I
use glyphosate instead of 2,4D).
This works pretty well, especially after it's broken in and you wear
the paint off the tines:
I think it's $20 at the Orange Borg.
If you make a noticeable number of holes, scatter some grass seed so
new grass crowds out the weeds. The best defense against weeds is a
For most broadleaf weeds (dandelions, thistles, elm tree seedlings, etc)
2,4-d works really well in a spray bottle. It doesn't work for
"creeping charlie" and I'm not sure if it works for wild violets.
You should be able to buy it premixed in a quart spray bottle. I bought
a quart of the concentrate 10 years ago and I've used less than a third
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