I love a manicured lawn, love it. After years of renting houses, with varying levels of backyard, I finally had the chance to have my own lawn. With this lawn, this shining dream, this cherry on the top of home ownership came the haunted reality that I was inheriting the history of previous occupants who hadn’t heard the gardeners warning call of “One day seeding, seven years weeding”. My would-be Eden was a cornucopia of weeds.
Yes indeed, the days of seeding had been plentiful, thus my days of weeding became abundantly apparent to me. As I gazed on my patch of frazzled earth and weeds, with a dream, a vision, I came to the realisation that I, Brad Cosely, needed the best weed killer available to man.
Best Weed Killer On The Market
Clear my weekends for the next 20 years boys, there’s a new Sheriff in town.
I didn’t so much as say it, as exuded it, as I strolled into Bunnings (Australia’s Home Depot or Lowes). Thus my quest began, and at the beginning we shake it down to the ground, as rock bottom (literally in this case) is the best foundation on which to build.
1. The Best Weed Killer For Large Areas – RM43 43% Glyphosate Plus Weed Preventer Total Vegetation Control
This power punch of preparation is ideal for anything large ranging from fence rows, gravel paths, pavements, driveways, parking areas and around any buildings, even barns! Basically, anywhere you want to spray once and be done with for up to one year.
It’s a concentrated formula of glyphosate and imazapyr and effective against most noxious weeds, grasses, vines, brush and trees. Not great if you have existing plants that you want to nurture, but perfect for getting everything under control initially. 9.5 litres treats just over 4,000 square metres (2.5 gallons treats 43,243 square feet.).
Definitely stick to the manufacturer’s instructions and be patient, shit doesn’t look dead overnight but believe me it’s dying, making this the best weed killer for large areas and the best weed killer on the market (in my opinion anyways!).
After the death and destruction, nay the carnage! I worked removing rocks and invigorating the soil (this is a whole different post, stay tuned!) and then waited for late winter when the soil was ready to seed my lawn and plant out the flower beds and veggie garden.
With the germination of the grass and the development of the root systems in my seedlings I was painfully aware that I now needed to gently control the newly sprouting weeds.
How does one kill the bad raggedy grasses and not the nice straight pointy ones? Finding the best weed killer for grass, that perfect and best weed killer safe for lawns is not easy and seems to be as much about timing as anything else.
Unlike liquid spray weed killers, Scotts WeedEX Prevent needs very specifically to be applied in early spring when the lawn is dry to prevent germination of crabgrass and other unfavourable grasses. It’s easy to use; first calculate the size of your lawn with the Scotts MyLawn app to determine coverage amount. Then pour into your spreader, if you have one, or labor through it with a pair of gloves in a Johnny Appleseed kind of way. Which is what I did. Yes it took forever but I look good in cut-offs and a floppy straw hat.
So that’s got the lawn down, and the shitty grasses under control, but there were still an array of clumping weeds popping up all over the place and it was time to take a targeted approach – Red 5 standing by, yes I use to bullseye Womp rats in my T-16 back home 🙂
I got my bottle of this from a friend who’d given up, so it was half full and the spray attachment or wand (Am I fucking Harry Potter?) was a little on the fritz but it seemed to do the trick pretty well in some areas but not others.
It has dual-action formula of Roundup Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II which kills existing weeds and prevents new ones from growing for up to four months—and it kills them down to the root, guaranteed! Or so they say.
I wasn’t entirely sure if it was the age of the bottle I got or the actual product. I know that I was a little tentative with it being Roundup and not wanting to yet again hit my yard with a toxic blast but I was careful in my application, especially on my lawn.
To be fair, I also felt that rain was likely in the next few hours even if the wind was at a minimum so I may have rushed through it a bit. It does say it’s rainproof in 10 minutes but I never quite believe it will be as effective if washed away so quickly. I also like the idea that it dries on the leaves and doesn’t melt away into my lovely nutritious soil.
So that blew through my remaining bottle and pretty much brings you abreast of where my yard is at.
I understood that I’d be fighting a losing battle if I went organic in the first place. The problem was too extreme and may still get away from me, but in the future I am going to use a combination of organic sprays and good old fashioned actual weeding.
I’ve always planned to be the old man with the slight hunch back from pulling weeds. So I am very happy to realise that human effort is the best weed killer and is there anything more satisfactory than getting a good grip on a weed and wrenching it clear, attached to its whole tap root??? No.
I digress, we’re talking best weed killers, sub-section organic….
Green Gobbler is a 20% Vinegar Weed Killer derived from corn and approved for organic use by OMRI, which is Canadian but I’m not sure if it’s the same in Australian equivalent?
It is a non-selective herbicide, so avoid spraying on healthy grass and desired plants, which makes perfect sense. It just seems like a good way to go for upkeep?
As this guy is granulated and organic, in my opinion it will be the best weed killer for rocky areas, and also my gravelly, unsealed driveway. I really don’t want to put anything particularly toxic in these areas as this is where all my foot traffic goes on around my house. I like the idea that the granules can penetrate and just sit there inhibiting weed growth as I kick back with a coldie.
My Best Weed Killer Recommendations
So there you have it folks. That’s my multi-pronged attack at realising my home ownership dream of having that perfect yard. I will work on the picket fence and other trimming (can you call a wife and kids trimmings?) I expect not, but they’ll be so happy with the lawn I provide I’m sure they’ll forgive me. I’m not quite ready to share a photo of the results yet as it’s too early in the season but I will add one as soon as I get it to a decent state. I need more bloody rain before that happens!!!!!