Most people struggle to kill weeds in their lawn, and they find it too confusing and complicated. But there is an easy way to handle weeds, especially if you are a newbie.
The key is to first kill as many weeds as you can, with an easy to use product that is readily available. My go-to product is RoundUp for Lawns. The name is confusing, but no it is not glyphosate, it’s a broad spectrum weed killer. If you are afraid of getting the wrong kind, you could also use Ortho Weed-b-gone.
Now there are two ways you can go about doing it. You can spot spray with the wand kind of weed killer, or you can use a “hose end” ready to spray kind. The hose end kind usually has enough product to apply to about 5,000 square feet. So if you have a lot of weeds in your lawn it can make it much faster to spray them all.
So you’ve learned how to kill weeds in the lawn, that was easy right? Done!? Actually, no. One mistake many people make is they do not followup spray. Many weeds will die the first time, but some will take longer. So about a week or two later go around the lawn again, if there are still weeds – spray again.
After applying a second time you should be able to tell if the weeds are starting to die or not. If it looks like they are starting to die then great! If not, now is the time to start identifying them. Usually weeds like clover and nutsedge will be in this category, but the RoundUp for Lawns takes care of those too (which is why it’s now my “goto” weed killer).
So if you are still on the killing weeds step it’s time to go to the common lawn weeds page and start learning. The more difficult weeds are usually just as “easy” to kill, it’s just applying a different product and sometimes it takes 3-4 sprays to take care of it. But that’s OK, you just sprayed for weeds twice, you’re a pro now!
Now for the most important part
Now most people will learn how to kill weeds and then stop there. But the real important step is prevention of weeds. You do this two ways: The first is to apply a crabgrass preventer or pre-emergent. This will chemically prevent weeds from germinating in the lawn. The second is to have a thick healthy lawn. The thicker your lawn is, the harder it is for weeds to find space to germinate and thrive.