Controlling Broadleaf

Controlling Broadleaf

What are Broadleaf Weeds?

The term ‘Broadleaf Weeds’ refers to a very large number of different weed types that fit into a similar pattern of having mostly broad leaves, as well as being treatable by the same type of herbicide.

Broadleaf Weeds can include many Wild Grasses, Clover, Bindi, Catsear, Dandelions and hundreds, if not thousands, of other weeds types. 

Broadleaf weed killers are the first treatment option

Because the category of Broadleaf Weeds is so varied and immense in size, it is often the first type of herbicide to turn to when there is multiple, or unknown, weed types in home lawns. A spray with a Broadleaf herbicide will usually kill many weeds in it’s first application, leaving only more specific weed-types which can then be easily identified and treated.

Applying Broadleaf weed killers

There are many different brands of Broadleaf herbicides available and they are all very similar in their applications. They can be bought from a lawn care store in a concentrated form and mixed up in a spraying bottle as per manufacturer’s directions.

Spraying the lawn is very straight forward. However the homeowner should keep these points in mind when planning to spray:

  • Never spray one week prior to, or after lawn mowing. Otherwise the lawn’s open leaves, as a result of mowing, could absorb much of the chemical that is being applied, thus killing the lawn. Always give the lawn’s leaves time to heal after mowing!
  • Never water lawns for several days after the application of Broadleaf herbicides. The longer the lawn can go without a drink – the better, this will allow as much herbicide as possible to penetrate the weed before any residual is washed away from watering.


Buffalo Lawns and Broadleaf Weeds

Buffalo lawns are extremely sensitive to Broadleaf weed sprays. This is because the herbicide used to attach itself to the Broadleaf weeds, also attaches itself to the broad leaf of Buffalo grass. The result can be sickness or even death of the Buffalo lawn.

Some Broadleaf herbicides are suitable for use with Buffalo lawns. So, always be very careful before choosing the right herbicide and always check the label, before purchase, as to its suitability for use on Buffalo grass

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