Gardening can be a great way to spend your time outdoors and grow ornamental or food plants. Your work on your garden can be greatly compromised by weeds and grass. These plants grow and spread fast and are not purely restricted to the garden. They’ll grow anywhere there’s a little substrate and moisture including pathways, lawns and driveways. Getting rid of them manually can take days and, doesn’t guarantee that they won’t grow again. Weed killers are a great alternative to manual weed removal. These are herbicides which kill weeds in a matter of a few days. The best herbicides will kill the plant to its root preventing future re-growth.
There are hundreds of weed killer herbicides to choose from. Many are based on glyphosate solution. We have prepared a list of 10 of the leading and affordable herbicides in the market today. Read on for the complete list.
10. 41% Glyphosphate grass and weed killer
Manufactured by Compare n Save, this concentrate comes in 16 oz to 2.5 gallon containers. Its high glyphosate concentration makes it a good option if you want to deal with especially stubborn weeds. One characteristic that makes this weed killer stand out is its ability to kill the plant down to the roots. In addition, it doesn’t wash off from the plants if it has been left on for at least 2 hours.
The 1 gallon container can make up to 86 gallons of spray and, cover up to 25,000 square feet.
9. RM43 week killer and preventer
This is one of the top weed killers that will also prevent re-emergence for up to 1 year. It comes in 0.25 to 2.5 gallon containers and has 43% glyphosate concentrate and imazapyr which are effective in killing weeds and preventing weed growth in bare areas. The 1 gallon concentrate can cover up to 17,297 square feet.
The RM43 is one of the good options if you want to keep weeds off your property for extended periods. Its ability to prevent plant growth however makes it unsuitable for areas where you want to plant in the near future. You should broadleaf use it in areas such as driveways, paths and along fences where you don’t want any plants growing.
8. Weed B Gon for lawns
The Weed B Gon concentrate from Ortho is one of the specialist weed killers on this list. Unlike most herbicides which will kill any green plant, the Weed B Gon doesn’t kill grass. This makes it an ideal weed killer for treating lawns. It kills up to 250 recognized lawn weeds including dandelion and clover. Like other herbicides, it kills the plant to the roots preventing re-emergence.
This weed killer comes in 32.oz and 1 gallon containers. Besides being a specialist type of weed killer, another characteristic that makes it stand out is its ability to kill weeds within a few hours of spraying.
7. 2,4-D Amine Weed Killer
The 2,4-D Amine weed killer is manufactured by Southern Ag. It’s anther specialist weed killer that’s designed to kill broadleaf type plants. It doesn’t kill plants within the grass family including corn. This is a pre and post-emergence herbicide making it a good choice for both prevention and treatment of areas that have been infested by weeds. It can be used in a variety of areas including lawns, parks and corn fields.
This weed killer comes in a 1 quart container. To treat 1000 square feet, you’ll only need a mixture of 3 to 5 gallons of water and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the concentrate.
6. Groundclear vegetation killer concentrate
This is another weed killer from Ortho. It’s a non-selective herbicide which will kill any green plant. This makes it a good choice for areas where you don’t want plants growing such as driveways, paths and along fences. The herbicide contains a dual action formula that kills weeds and prevents growth for up to 1 year. Like other weed killers on this list, it will kill plants to their roots.
The Groundlear vegetation killer concentrate comes in 32 ounces, 1 gallon and 2 gallon containers.
5. Spectracide HG-96391
This is another non-selective herbicide that will kill any green plant if comes into contact with. It’s powerful formula is designed to kill plants to their roots and prevent re-emergence for up to 3 months. This makes it a good option for areas where you don’t want plants to grow such as fence lines, walkways and driveways.
This weed and grass killer with extended control concentrate works in a few hours. It’s available in a single pack or pack of six. A single pack of the concentrate can mix up to 10 gallons of spray. One characteristic that makes this herbicide stand out is its ability to remain wash-proof after it has been applied to a plant for 15 minutes.
4. 5705010 Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer
Manufactured by Roundup, the 5705010 extended control weed and grass killer with weed preventer concentrate kills any green plants sprayed. It contains a dual action formula that will both kill unwanted plants to their roots and, prevent re-emergence for up to 4 months. This makes it a good option for select areas of your property including walkways and lawn edges.
The Roundup 575010 comes in 16.oz and 32.oz bottles. To make a 1 gallon spray mix, all you’ll need is 6.oz of the concentrate mixed with water. You can expect to start seeing results in a few hours and prevent weed growth in treated areas for up to 4 months.
3. Crossbow Specialty Herbicide
This specialty herbicide from Southern Ag is designed to kill stubborn shrubs, bushes and trees. It’s a low volatile tree and brush control herbicide that contains 4 major active ingredients including2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and butoxyethyl ester. This weed killer targets not only trees and shrubs but also other broadleaf plants. Being a specialty, herbicide, it doesn’t kill plants from the grass family and is therefore safe for lawns and permanent grass pastures. This weed killer comes in a 1 quart container.
2. Speed Zone Lawn Weed Killer
This specialty weed killer from PBI/Gordon kills broadleaf weeds that invade grass patches. It doesn’t kill grasses making it a good option for controlling weeds that grow on lawns. Besides lawns, you can also use the speed zone lawn weed killer on other areas of your property including walkways and driveways. Once sprayed, you can start seeing results in a few hours. In addition, you can reseed treated areas within two weeks. This herbicide comes in a 20 ounce bottle which can be used to treat up to 18000 square feet.
1. QuikPro 6.8lb Jug
This non-selective herbicide from Roundup comes in a 6.8 pound jug containing water soluble granules. Each granule contains a blend of glycophytes, diquat and surfactant. This blend ensures that the concentrate doesn’t mix with soil but is rather absorbed by the plants sprayed. It works within a few hours killing different types of weeds, grasses and shrubs. In total, the 6.8lbs granules can make up to 72 gallons of concentrate.
Weed control can become difficult if you opt to do it manually. Weed killers make it an easy task and can ensure that your property remains weed free for extended periods of time. If you’re dealing with large areas a non-specialty herbicide is your best as it will leave the ground bare for future planting. If however you wish to treat a specific small area such as your lawn, garden or patio, a specialty weed killer will do the trick.