How to get rid of broadleaf weeds from your lawn

Weeds are a huge problem for homeowners. They can be difficult to get rid of, and if you don’t take care of them quickly they’ll take over your lawn. So knowing how to get rid of Broadleaf weeds becomes a priority.

The worst thing about broadleaf weeds is that they’re impossible to kill with just one method. You have to use several methods in tandem or else the weeds will come back even stronger than before.

Because they are not grasses, broadleaf weeds stand out like a sore thumb on a uniform lawn. Annual weeds like dandelions, chickweed, and clover, which regularly infiltrate lawns, are some of the more cunning and difficult-to-control broadleaf weeds.

Broadleaf weeds can sprout on any lawn, and their seeds can remain dormant for 30 years or longer. Low-quality seed mixes, soil compaction, and a variety of other reasons might cause them to appear on your lawn.

Broadleaf weeds not only detract from the appearance of your lawn, but they can also deprive your turfgrass of sunlight, water, and other important nutrients, putting your lawn’s health at risk.

You will learn exactly how to fight a huge number of different broadleaf weeds fast and save money by utilising our professional broadleaf weed killer products according to the step-by-step DIY instructions below.

Broadleaf weed identification

The problematic part about weed control is that a herbicide that works on one type of weed may not work on another.

Knowing what broadleaf weed you’re dealing with will help you understand the weed’s traits and habits, as well as which of our treatments is most suited to treating it.

So, how does a broadleaf weed appear? Broadleaf weeds have broad, prominent leaves with a vein pattern that differs from grassy weeds. Some will also develop brightly coloured flowers that sprout and stand out among the grass.

Are you sure what kind of broadleaf weed you’ve got? Broadleaf weeds are classified as a diverse group of weeds. Dandelion, clover, dollarweed, and plantain are some of the most prevalent varieties. While there are hundreds of different forms of broadleaf weeds, we’ll go over the most common ones you’ll see on a lawn.

Explore the subcategories on this page to learn more about the most common broadleaf weeds and to get detailed instructions on how to get rid of each one from your lawn.

Broadleaf weed inspection

Broadleaf weeds that have become invasive are ruthless opportunists. They are waiting for the proper conditions to emerge and invade your yard soil. Broadleaf weeds will seize on the opportunity to take over if the conditions are favourable, a bare place opens up, or there are some areas where the grass is thinning out.

Inspecting Locations

The time of year the weed is most prominent, as well as whether or not your soil has enough nutrients or is stressed, can all be reasons in why the target weed is taking over your grass. A thorough inspection might also assist you in determining where to apply herbicide treatments.

During the inspection phase, you can conduct the following:

  • Perform a soil analysis
  • Keep an eye on the type of grass you have
  • Examine your surroundings
  • Calculate the size of your yard
  • Determine the extent of the weed invasion

What to Watch Out For

Inspect the area and make a note of any plant items that should be avoided while applying herbicides.

When broadleaf herbicides are applied to attractive plants, they can be severely harmed. Make a note of any weed-infested areas.

Rumex Crispus - Broadleaf Dock
Rumex Crispus – Broadleaf Dock

Broadleaf weed treatment

You can begin broadleaf weed treatment after thoroughly inspecting your yard for your problem weed.

Use a broadleaf weed killer that is formulated for the type of weed you have. To acquire the right application and mixing rates, make sure to read and follow the label guidelines.

Checking the label will also tell you when the herbicide product can be used to control a specific broadleaf weed.

Before spraying herbicides to your lawn, be sure you’re wearing the appropriate personal protection equipment.

Step 1: In a sprayer, combine MSM Turf Herbicide and water.

Because of its efficiency, broad label, and ease of application, MSM Turf Herbicide is our finest broadleaf weed killer, which we highly suggest for broad-spectrum broadleaf weed control.

It’s designed to get rid of a wide range of weeds on a variety of turf types. MSM Turf Herbicide is a liquid solution that is simple to mix and can cover up to 1 acre of turf. To improve the effectiveness of the herbicide, you should also add a surfactant, such as Southern AG, to the mixture. At a rate of 4 teaspoons per gallon of solution, Southern AG should be used.

In a pump sprayer or hose-end sprayer, measure the square footage of your yard and add the proper amount of MSM turf herbicide, then mix with water. At a rate of 0.24 tsp (1 gramme) per gallon of solution, add surfactant to the MSM turf herbicide mixture and stir until fully mixed.

The herbicide will cling to and spread throughout the leaf surface with the addition of the surfactant, allowing it to be absorbed into the leaf tissue. Depending on the broadleaf weed kind and ambient conditions, it may take 1 to 3 weeks for the product to attain its greatest effects.

Step 2: Apply To The Area To Be Treated

Spray the MSM turf herbicide mixture lightly on the top of the leaf surface where the broadleaf weeds have established themselves, keeping wind drift in mind. Spraying locations where decorative plants might be contacted should be avoided. Allow the MSM turf herbicide to absorb into the plant by spraying only on the surface of the weeds.

Spraying around desired woody plants, such as flower bushes and trees, should be done with caution. If you have a yard with trees, spot spraying instead of broadcast spraying will help you avoid spraying the plants you want to maintain. Despite being a selective herbicide, msm grass herbicide has the potential to harm trees and woody plants.

Step 3: Submit a Follow-Up Request

When using herbicides, timing is crucial. Pre-emergent herbicides, for example, are best applied in the early spring. If the broadleaf weed has emerged, use a post-emergent herbicide like msm turf herbicide while the plant is still young and growing. If disease or pest activity has caused considerable areas of damage, re-sodding or sowing will be required to prevent weeds from filling in the dry spaces.

Return in 10 to 14 days to discover how successful the initial application was. The yellowing and withering of the broadleaf weed you want to get rid of should be visible. You may need to reapply in some circumstances.

Broadleaf weed prevention

A thick, lush lawn that is properly maintained and fed is the strongest defence against broadleaf weeds. A lush, nutrient-rich grass will choke out weeds and prevent them from establishing themselves.

The following are a list of actions to carry out in order to achieve best results:

  • Mowing at the appropriate height for your grass type on a regular basis
  • Watering your lawn occasionally but deeply
  • To avoid a deficiency in your lawn, fertilise it
  • Select a turfgrass that is resistant to weeds

The best defence against weeds is a thick lawn that is properly cared for, well-fed and never scalped by mowing. A thick lawn will be better able to choke out weeds and not allow them room to establish. You can promote a thick, healthy lawn by mowing at the right height (usually one of the 2 highest settings on your mower) and feeding your lawn 4 times a year.

In conclusion

Killing broadleaf weeds can take time, but with persistence, you’ll be able to claim back your lawn and ensure it is weed-free.

Using the MSM turf herbicide is the best method to undertake for quick and effective results.

Want to know more about how to get rid of Broadleaf weeds?

Knotweed Removal aims to provide the most up to date information, help and advice for YOU to make informed decisions. If you are unsure or uncertain on how to proceed, please reach out to us and we will gladly come back and advise you as best we can.

Governmental advice can be found here and the UK law covering the removal of Japanese Knotweed as stated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 can be found here.

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