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RagweedHow to Get Rid of Ragweed: 

If you’re a person that suffers from allergies to pollen, one of the worst weeds that can embark upon your lawn is ragweed. Even if you aren’t allergic, ragweed can give a lawn owner fits. Ragweed is notorious for invading lawns where they are not wanted and for producing large amounts of pollen. Fortunately, with the right herbicides from Solutions Pest and Lawn and the proper control techniques you can get rid of ragweed from your lawn and breathe easy (literally) by getting some relief from your allergy symptoms.

Ragweed Background Information

Ragweeds (Ambrosia psilostachya) is an annual and perennial shrub which thrives in heavy and poorly maintained soil. Ragweed is pretty easy to identify on lawns due to it’s unique appearance. Ragweed grows upright and has leaves that look similar to ferns, feathery and green. You will also notice that ragweed leaves appear to be hairy.

Ragweed pollen is a common allergen with a single plant having the ability to produce up to a billion grains of pollen per season. The pollen is easily transported into the wind. As a result, the presence of ragweed in a lawn or garden can cause hay fever and various allergy symptoms, including a running nose, hacking cough, persistent sneezing and red, puffy eyes.

You'll find around 17 species of ragweed across the U.S., the most widespread being common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya) and giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida).

How to Control Ragweed

Recommended Herbicide:

Ragweed plants enjoy growing in heavy, untilled soil and are frequently found in soil that is uncrowded and has poor fertility. Mowing ragweed and pulling them are good ways to get rid of them but if you have a heavy invasion of them, you might need to turn to a herbicide method of controlling them. Regular mowing,  and improving the soil with rich nutrients and fertilizer is also helpful to keep ragweed off of your lawn.

Compared to most weeds, Ragweed is actually one of the more easier weeds to remove from your lawn. Whether you use an organic method or through herbicides, it’s up to you but we typically recommend herbicides if you have a sizable amount of ragweed that has sprung up in your yard.

Ragweed is considered a broadleaf weed, so you can use broadleaf weed killers to eliminate them from your lawn like PastureGard as we recommended above. Another option that is guaranteed to kill of ragweed is Glyphosate, commonly known as Round-up. Glyphosate is a non-selective all spectrum herbicide which will normally kill any plant it comes in contact with. If you do use Glyphosate, be sure to only use it as a spot treatment and be careful not to get the herbicide on any of your desired grasses and plants.

The best time to apply herbicides on ragweed is mid-spring to early summer. Controlling ragweed at this time will make sure that you are applying the herbicide when the leaves of the plant are still rather immature and tender and, therefore, more vulnerable to herbicides.

Ragweed Control Tips and Recommendations

  • When treating ragweed we recommend using a pump sprayer, not a hose-end sprayer. That will allow you to direct the spray in a fairly fine mist directly down onto the ragweed.

  • If you decide to use glyphosate and your ragweed is around a lot of desirable plants in your lawn or flowerbed, you can use a method aside from spraying for better control. For example,  to control ragweed in a small lawn, mix 2 teaspoons of glyphosate in 1 quart of water. Dip a sponge in the diluted herbicide, and wet the foliage of individual ragweed plants.

  • When applying herbicides be sure to wear protective clothing or safety equipment that completely covers your arms and legs, as well as gloves, socks and shoes. Avoid inhaling the spray or getting it in your eyes or mouth.

By following the above steps, Ragweed and all the allergy symptoms that come with them, will not be a bother to you anymore on your lawn!

For more information on controlling ragweed on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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