Selecting Weed Killers – What Are The 4 Common Ones?

weed killerKilling harmful weeds has never been easier. With help from so many products on the market you can be sure to combat even the toughest of weeds. There are countless products available in the market for killing weeds and it often gets hard to pick the right product. Below we have selected some of the best ways to kill weeds:

Translocated Weed Killers

This is also referred to as Systemic weed killers and is a very effective method of killing weeds in your lawn. This type of killer has a very unique methodology. The plant absorbs the chemicals of the spray through its foliage and then sends it all the way to the root of the weed and as a result, the weed dies from top to bottom. This is a treatment for spot weed killing, although keep in mind that if sprayed on any other plants and flowers, it will kill those as well.

Contact weed killers

The name says it all; this is a weed killer that only kills upon contact. This type of weed killer is normally used by organic growers because of its natural fatty acid ingredients. The way that this weed killer works is that it dissolves the protection layer of the leaf and as a result, the leaf dries out and eventually dies. There is another type of contact weed killer that consist of a powerful chemical but this only affects the exposed foliage and does not affect the root.

Residual weed killers

This type of weed killer contains a chemical which remain in the ground and will be effective for a long time. If you have weeds in a specific area of your garden then this might be of interest to you.

Selective weed killers

As the name suggests, this is one of the most efficient weed killers for grass out there, the great thing about this killer is that it kills the broadleaf weeds and doesn’t harm narrow leafed plants such as grass. Gardeners who are really enthusiastic about keeping their lawns healthy and green should opt for the selective weed killer.

There are so many products that all have their own pros and cons but it is important to identify how severe your weed problem is before purchasing the suitable product.

The rosettes you don’t want – how to rid your paddocks of ragwort

RagwortRagwort is a perennial problem for the majority of horse and paddock owners.

So what are the most effective methods for ragwort control in your paddock?

Three main options are:
• Dig it up. If you have a small influx of ragwort digging each plant up by the roots is feasible. Specific tools are available to make this job a little less back breaking.
• Burn it. It is possible to use a spot burner to destroy ragwort, but this is really only suitable for hard surfaces as you might set your field alight!
• Spray it. Non-professional use herbicides such as “Ragtime” are ideal for spot spraying ragwort, docks, nettles, buttercup and thistles. It comes premixed and ready to use in a knapsack sprayer.

To treat larger areas of ragwort, professional use products such as “Headland Polo”, covering 8-10 acres, would be more economic. Always read and comply with the product label.

Whatever method of weed control you use, ragwort is poisonous to people as well as horses and should be treated with respect. Ragwort is especially dangerous to horses as it dies because it becomes more palatable, and horses should be kept off sprayed areas until all traces of the ragwort have disappeared. Pulled ragwort should be stored safely and dried then burned or rotted down in compost for at least 12 months.

To find out more about non-professional and professional products available for weed control and paddock maintenance visit www.progreen.co.uk or call 01778 394040

Weed Control

Weed ControlWeeds can cause problems to our gardens all year round so it is important to be on top of them and prevent them from coming back.

A way to do this is to purchase the best weed killer for grass and paths. There are a few types of weed and by bringing them to your attention you will be able to find the best way of getting rid of them.

To begin with there are annual weeds. These are weeds that last for one year or one season only. They leave seeds behind though, which means they will be back again next year and possibly for many years after this.

Perennial and deep rooted weeds are another weed that is persistent and returns year on year. These weeds can grow again even if there is only a tiny segment that has been left. This type of weed I deceiving because even though the weed may appear to be completely gone, there could still be some that remains, which will cause further hassle in the future.

Some weeds also grow on the stems of plants. These are arguably less of a nuisance but any weed is unwanted so there are options to remove these too, although like most weeds, they will return. An example of this weed would include nettles and sycamores.

The final type of weed which is arguably the most common or noticeable is lawn weeds. Lawn weeds are so popular and wide-spread because they suffocate the grass so that they can grow in mass. Examples of these weeds include dandelions, clovers, buttercups and daisies. They may seem pleasant to look at but they are still weeds and will need a specific weed killer for grass to ensure that these disappear.

We have an extensive range of weed killers suitable for all of the mentioned weeds, so if you are having trouble removing the weeds in your garden then check out our products to ensure your grass returns to normality again.

Remove Unwanted Moss & Algae

Moss and algae have a tendency to grow in many places, one of which is your garden. Lawn moss killer is one of the better ways to remove this from your grass and can be easily sprayed over the affected areas.

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By using a good moss killing product it will be effective in removing the unwanted algae and moss but it will also encourage the re-growth of the grass that has been affected too. The moss will be disposed of but more importantly the grass in your garden will be green once again.

Here at ProGreen, we offer a selection of sprayable liquids which all has their own way of removing moss and algae from your grass but they have the same intention and that is to do the job correctly.

Our first product is MaxiCrop Moss Killer and is quick and efficient in killing moss. This product destroys the moss blackens moss within a few hours and will encourage the growth of the grass that had been affected. Once the moss has become blackened it will just be a case of raking away the moss from the grass.

Jewel dual action herbicide is another of our products and is the UK’s first dual action weed and lawn moss killer. Other than the fact this is a dual action product this can also be used on any type of turf too, which means it can access and kill weeds right down to the root in any garden.

Sul-Fe is a powder that is to be diluted with water which will make this application sprayable. This product is similar to the MaxiCrop product in the fact it blackens the moss and also aids the re-growth of the grass after. Sul-Fe also makes the grass green again where the moss once was.

If you have unwanted moss and algae then one of our products will be suitable to ensure that your grass is green again and return your garden back to how you want it to be.

Are Your Paddock Weeds Thriving After The Rain?

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The higher than average recent rainfall has resulted in increased weed growth in paddocks with nettles, thistles and docks flourishing. If you are looking for a weed killer for grass, thistles and nettles then look no further, this article will help you.

Treating weeds now, during these exceptional growing conditions, will deliver excellent levels of control. Here at Progreen we have found that the best results come from using market leading products such Grazon 90 and Pastor.

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Our chart below guides you through the benefits of these top selling brands:

Product

Weed Control Rating 1-5 (5=best)

Suitable For

Features & Benefits

Thistle/ Nettle/ Dock

Buttercups

Ragwort

Clover

Knapsack Use

Boom Sprayer

Grazon 1lt
Treats 0.6ac

5

1

1

2

Yes

Yes

Rain fast in 2 hoursOne dose rateIdeal for knapsack use
Pastor 2lt
Treats 1.25-2.5ac

4.5

1

1

3

Yes

Yes

One product for long-term control of thistles, nettles and docksEconomical for overall sprayingCan be used on newly sown grass at 3 leaf stage

For more information on all our products for controlling weeds in grass then call us or drop us an email – we are more than happy to help!

When It Comes To Ragwort Treatment – Timing is Key!

Treating ragwort at the earliest stages of growth is definitely the best way to deal with ragwort. This will ideally be when the rosette of the ragwort is 8-10cm in diameter or the flowering spike has not yet started to grow. It is possible to complete weed killer treatment after this time but it will be less effective.

Here at Progreen we offer a selection of effective weed killers for ragwort control. Below we have listed just two of these products that offer great results again and again.

The first product is Barrier H, this product comes with a handy, ready to use applicator gun, when using this product you will see results within a few hours and you will notice the smell of citronella which is an environmentally friendly ingredient in this weed killer.

Another product we recommend for Ragwort treatment is Thrust, this weed killer is ideal for treatment and control of ragwort, buttercups, docks and thistles. If you would like to add our Solar Plus product you will find that it improves results on larger, more difficult to treat weeds.

If you would like advice on how to treat Ragwort or other weed killers for grass then call us direct at Progreen or drop us an email.

Please Note: Ragwort is poisonous to people, horses and other livestock, follow the instructions and usage guidance closely

Getting Rid Of Lawn Moss

Taking care of your lawn is not as difficult as it might seem as long as you pay careful attention to it.

If you have started to witness moss building up in your lawn then it means that you have a serious problem on your hands and it means that your lawn or garden is in an unhealthy condition.  If you want to get rid of this problem then you need to make sure that you pay attention to your lawn and invest some time for its upkeep.

Moss can be very harmful for a lawn but luckily it does come with a remedy that is far easier than the problem. If you are facing the same kind of problem then listed below are some ways on how you can get rid of lawn moss effectively.

Moss grows onto our lawns because of a few reasons; it can be because the lawn is in too much shade and does not get enough sunlight to fight off the moss. It could also be because your lawn is always wet and soggy and is never left to dry maybe because of humidity or because you simply don’t pay attention to the health of your lawn, another reason why the moss problem can arise is if the soil of your garden or lawn is not nutritious enough.

Getting a lawn moss killer is one of the simplest and the easiest ways for you to get rid of any and all of the moss that has been accumulated in your lawn, make sure that you do your research and select a product that will work effectively and have no side effects. Search online and look at reviews about which lawn moss killer is really effective.