Weed Removal

How to Kill Weeds But Not Your Plants

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Any garden lover will tell you one of the least enjoyable tasks is removing weeds. Luckily there are a few tricks that will drastically save time when it comes to your regular weed removal duties.

Firstly work out what type of weed you’re trying to kill. We’ve included 4 of the most common types, if you’re stuck and can’t figure out what type of weed you’re dealing with – glyphosate will kill just about any plant type.

#1. Weeding Brush Weed Killer Applicator

One of the best inventions for protecting nearby plants when removing weeds is a brush applicator. The application attached to your weed killer bottle, helping to target only the weed and avoiding overspray.

The popular WeedBlaster Pro works by covering the weed with its bucket applicator, placing the dome over the week, and pressing the trigger. Its dome design restricts the weed spray from drifting onto nearby plants.

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#2. Hozelock Wonder Weeder

Hozelock have a similar product called the wonder weeder, which includes an applicator at the end of a 1-meter stick. The extension stick makes reaching difficult places easy and also limits the amount of bending required

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#3. Fiskars Deluxe Stand-up Weeder

Fiskars are one of my favorite manufacturers of gardening tools. Their tree loppers are one of my biggest time savers.

The Fiskars Deluxe Stand-up Weeder has a claw design, which acts as a ‘third hand’, where you can grab dandelions, thistles, and other invasive weeds and pull out of the group with the 39inch extension arm.

I’d recommend the Stand-up Weeder for homes and families with animals, where herbicide poisons are unsuitable. Or alternatively, organic households which prefer to avoid chemicals in their garden.

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What type of poison will I need in my Weeding Brush to Kill…

The first thing to do is work out what type of weed you’re trying to get rid of. If you want to remove grasses or lawns, you’ll need a heavy duty glyphosate herbicide. Consumer grade weed kills won’t make a dent in a crabgrass patch.

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A herbicide such as “zero” will be perfect, and by adding dishwashing liquid into your solution the weed killer will be even more effective. Dishwashing liquid tricks plants into absorbing the water quicker, speeding up the process

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