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Best Way To Control Broadleaf Weeds

If you’re a landowner, something that you’re going to inevitably encounter are weeds. These irritating plants just have a way of popping up when you least expect it.  In your lawn you will most likely have to deal with broadleaf weed control.  You probably feel you do a great job to prevent them but broadleaf weeds rear their ugly leafy heads regardless. You don’t feed, water and mow your lawn to make it attractive to weeds but yet that’s how many homeowners feel when they see ragweed and clover start taking over.

Some of the more sneaky and hard-to-control broadleaf weeds are those annual weeds that commonly invade lawns like dandelions, chickweed, and plantain. Having the correct broadleaf herbicide and broadleaf killer takes proper identification not only of the weed but the grass.  There has to be a way to get rid of these stubborn plants and take back your lawn. There is. That’s why we’re called Solutions Pest and Lawn because that’s exactly what we provide. Solutions for your grassy weed problems.

Here you can learn all about the various broadleaf weeds you may find on you lawn turf as well as what products work best to control these weeds. We provide easy to follow step-by-step instruction on how to tackle a large number of different weeds and aside from that you can also call us or contact us via email or live chat to get live DIY lawn care help and advice from our experts!



How to Get Rid of Broadleaf Weeds: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step One: Identify the type of weed you have. Knowing what broadleaf weed you are dealing with will help you to understand what the weeds tendencies and characteristics are and also which one of our products can best treat that particular weed. This is important because some more stubborn broadleaf weeds have a high tolerance or resistence to particular herbicides and control methods. If you are unsure of what weed you have, you can contact us at identification@solutionsstores.com and send us a photo of your weed and we will identify it for you and suggest treatment options.


Step Two: Inspection. After ID'ing the weed you are dealing with. It is time to inspect your lawn to see where the weed has gathered as well as make some observations to get to the bottom of why the weed is thriving on your lawn to begin with. It may be due to something (cultural practices) you're doing or not doing. Taking note of the time of the year, whether your soil is getting what it needs or is under stress can also be factors as to why the target weed is dominating your lawn. Inspection also help you in knowing where to focus your herbicide treatments.

Step Three: Control
Use a broadleaf weed killer such as  MSM Turf Herbicide or MSM 25 OD Herbicide which are an economical option that are focused on targeting broadleaf weeds. There are also other options for brush or woody plants if you’re having problems with that particular weed type. Be sure to read and follow label directions so you get the proper application and mixing rates.


Step Four: Prevention. The best defense against broadleaf weeds is a thick lush lawn that is properly maintained and well-fed. A lawn should also never be scalped by mowing. A thick nutrient-rich lawn will be better able to choke out weeds and not allow them room to establish. Solutions carries various fertilizers that you can purchase to give your yard a steady diet of essential nutrients.


Solutions Pest and Lawn offers a wide range of broadleaf control products to help you take back your lawn and make it beautiful again. Check them out below and once again, do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 479-6583 if you need help as we will be happy to assist you in finding the best product for your particular situation. Also check out our helpful knowledge base for comprehensive guides which tell you in step-by-step detail what to do with our products so you don’t get confused about the process.


Learn More About Broadleaf Weeds

Invasive weeds are patient opportunists. They lay in the soil in your yard waiting for the right conditions to take advantage and make their presence felt. If the conditions are ideal or a bare spot opens up or there is some areas where the grass is thinning out, weeds will pounce on the opportunity to take over.


This is especially the case when it comes to broadleaf weeds. which, once established, can very quickly spread and ruin the appearance of your lawn and make it unsightly.


The best way to get rid of broadleaf weed problems on your lawn property is using a combination of good cultural lawn maintenance practices and herbicides designed to control broadleaf weeds.


Good cultural lawn care practices which can lessen the likelihood of broadleaf weed establishment include: mowing your lawn regularly and at the proper height, a well thought out fertilization routine  and proper watering of your lawn.


Being mindful of carrying out good cultural practices correctly is vital or else you can encourage broadleaf weeds by mowing your lawn too short or not often enough; the application of fertilizer being way too much, not enough, or at the wrong time of the year; and over- or under-watering.


How Do Broadleaf Weeds Appear onto Your Lawn?

Broadleaf weeds don’t just magically appear on your lawn out of nowhere, though it may seem like it. Here are a few of the reasons why weeds may emerge onto your turf.


* What may surprise some land owners is that broadleaf weed seed occur naturally in all soils, and can lay in dormancy for 30 or more years, waiting for the right time to creep up. Broadleaf weeds will germinate due to lawn grass becoming thin or when it doesn’t have the right nutrition to thrive.


* Most broadleaf weeds are prolific seed producers. Many produce thousands of seeds per plant, and these seeds can disperse into your lawn from miles away.


* Broadleaf weeds can also appear when their seeds are brought to the surface via soil compaction, which often occurs due to regular foot traffic by pets and humans on the lawn.


* When the turf has been damaged in some way, shape or form, such as drought, heavy foot traffic, the presence of plant-feeding insects or fungal disease.


* The quality of your lawn’s grass also can play a factor in whether broadleaf weeds will emerge in your yard. If you use cheap grass seeds that is of mediocre quality, they may very well contain undesirable weed seed. Make sure that when you are buying grass seed, to check the label. If the seed label lists ANY weed seed as a component, do not purchase it!

The best quality grass seed (which are sold by pro seed suppliers) will almost always be completely 100% weed-free, and will often cost nearly the same as low quality products which contain weed seed. We cannot stress enough to READ THE LABEL before buying seed.


The weed content of any grass seed you purchase, which is usually verified via a % sign, should be 0%. Weed seeds are often brought to a landscape in topsoil or compost that lacks in quality. Make sure that all soil or compost comes from a credible seller and is guaranteed to be weed-free


Using Cultural Control To Address or Prevent Broadleaf Weeds


We recommend mowing your grass at a length between 3.0 to 3.5 inches. Mow regularly in order to remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade grow at a single mowing. This may mean mowing two times a week in the spring season  and every other week in summer time.



Water your lawn deeply and semi regularly. Water enough to wet the soil to the depth of rooting and then do not water again until you see the first sign of drought stress. The initial sign of drought stress is a bluish-grey hue of the grass and/or footprints remaining in the turf after it is walked upon.



Fertilize to create a dense lawn by applying 2 to 4 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year. Particular weeds such as clover are indicators of lawn which lack nitrogen.

Apply 60-100% of the nitrogen in two applications in fall: one in September and one in November after the final mowing.



Many broadleaf weeds develop and thrive in shady areas of a lawn, eventually spreading to other parts of the yard. Growing shade-tolerant turfgrasses such as fine fescues and making sure to prune tree branches that are making shade will help to minimize shade and make it so your grasses get adequate shade to thrive and for broadleaf weeds to be disadvantaged.


Using Herbicides for Broadleaf Weed Control


Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a wide variety of herbicides which can target specific broadleaf weeds. It’s best to check the label info to see which specific broadleaf weed each of our herbicide products can control.


The most common herbicide choice for tackling broadleaf weeds is a general purpose mixture comprised of two or three of the following individual herbicides or active ingredients: 2,4-D; MCPP ; and dicamba. A herbicide which contains multiple active ingredients will control a  larger selection of broadleaf weeds than just a single active ingredient on its own.


It is important that before applying any broadleaf weed herbicides to first thoroughly read, understand and follow all directions on the product label. The best time to apply a broad-spectrum broadleaf herbicide is in the middle of September to the early part of November.


Autumn is the best time to control perennial broadleaf weeds such as dandelion, plantain, and clover. When winter arrives, these invasive weeds are storing energy reserves in stems and roots before going dormant. As a result, the herbicide will enter the plant and travel to these plant parts with the food reserves, thereby delivering total annihilation of the weed.


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The second best time to apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds is in the late spring or early summer period after the weeds have emerged and are blossoming. If you happen to make an application in the later part of spring, be extremely careful with using herbicides near ornamentals, trees, flowers, and vegetable gardens because these plants can be damaged by broadleaf weed herbicides through direct application, drift, and/or volatilization. This is one of the main reasons why we recommend to apply these herbicides in the fall.


If there are only a small amount of broadleaf weeds which have emerged onto your lawn, we suggest spot treatment of a herbicide rather than spraying a product on the entire lawn. Apply just enough to wet the leaf and do not apply to the point that the herbicide is dripping off the leaf.

Apply the herbicide of choice to broadleaf weeds which are actively growing, preferably when they are very young. Do not apply broadleaf herbicides when the soil moisture is low. Not only is effectiveness reduced but damage to the turfgrass could result.


Apply the selected on a day where the weather is calm and the skies are clear as well as when the air temperature is between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is any warmer, this could lessen the effect of the herbicide and increase damage of the turf.


If it happens to rain within 24 hours of applying the herbicide to the broadleaf weeds you have, we suggest reapplying the selected weed control product if you don’t see any clear results or progress after 10 days.


Keep in mind that pre-emergent crabgrass controls will not prevent perennial broadleaf weeds (dandelions, etc.) from infesting a lawn. Do not apply to new turfgrass seedlings until after the grass has been mowed at least three times.


Delay seeding a bare spot caused by the controlled broadleaf weeds until after a good soaking rain or watering. Delay applying a broadleaf herbicide to newly sodded areas for 4 to 6 weeks. Delay mowing the treated area for at least 3 days before and after the treatment.


Controlling Broadleaf Weeds In The Summertime

Summer annual broadleaf weeds such as spurge, knotweed, purslane, etc. are very difficult to control for a number of reasons. Depending on the species of plant, these weeds germinate at different times during the summer and mature in a very short period of time. As a result, a single application of broadleaf weed herbicide may only control a single weed species because other species have not germinated or have grown too large to be controlled.












In addition, summer weeds have a thick, waxy layer on their leaves to prevent water loss which also hinders the herbicide from entering the leaf. Consider the following strategies for controlling summer annual weeds. Apply a single application of a broadleaf herbicide in the later part of May while understanding that you may not be able to successfully control all of the weeds.


In April, apply a product containing isoxaben which is a herbicide that controls broadleaf weeds before they germinate. It does not control already-germinated weeds so it must be applied with a post-emergence herbicide containing 2,4- D, MCPP, and/or dicamba. Finally, use proper cultural practices to limit the weeds as much as possible.


Hard To Control Broadleaf Weeds

Broadleaf weeds like creeping Charlie (ground ivy), thistles, and wild violets are very frustrating to deal with because they spread by underground stems or rootstocks. Multiple herbicide applications may be necessary to completely control these persistent weeds due to their spreading stems.


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Post-emergence broadleaf herbicides containing 2,4-D, MCPP, and dicamba should be used. A herbicide containing triclopyr or fluroxypyr can also be helpful in managing those problematic weeds. It takes patience and persistence in getting rid of these weeds and even then, these weeds may not be completely eliminated.


By combining cultural methods and an application of one of the quality broadleaf herbicides we provide here at Solutions Pest & Lawn in the fall, you should be able to significantly minimize the number of broadleaf weeds in your lawn. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us via phone at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or send us a message via live chat or on Facebook messenger.


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