Thursday, March 13, 2008

Weed Killer Comparison

It's that time of year – beautiful spring days, lots of sunshine, cool evenings... Perfect for getting out there and taking your yard back from the weeds who have claimed it as their own! We had a rather wet winter, which has made for beautiful wildflowers in the preserve areas, but which has also made for an awful lot of weeds in my backyard!

Here are some methods of getting rid of these unsightful buggers from your desert landscaping – some tried & true, one you might not have heard of..

Picking by Hand – there's no better way to make sure you get the entire weed (including the root.) It's also the least expensive method – FREE! But we all know the downsides – tired back, sunburns, scratched up hands, and sometimes you just can't get the root out of the ground. It also takes the longest. Who wants to spend half the day pulling weeds when the weather's so nice?

Using a Hoe – much faster than picking by hand, but I found that half the time I was cutting the plant off from the root, and a couple of days later the weeds grew right back!

Round Up (or other herbicide) – Kills Weeds Dead. No doubt about it. But it's about $18 per gallon, and it really isn't that great to be spraying such powerful chemicals around kids & pets.

White Vinegar – that's right - straight up, plain ol' store brand white vinegar. It's very inexpensive (at about $3 per gallon), and doesn't have any harmful environmental side effects. Just spray it on the weeds and let nature run its course.

Hiring Help – sometimes time is more valuable than money.. You can probably find a few kids in the neighborhood who could use a little extra cash in their pockets, or you might find a landscaping crew down the street who could take care of your little problem for you.

There's no right or wrong answer – just different means to an end. Keeping your yard looking great is the goal we're all after, right?

I sprayed one section of my backyard last weekend – half with Round Up and half with White Vinegar. The weeds in the Round Up section died faster (1-2 days). But now, 5 days in, you can't tell the difference – the vinegar did just as good a job as the commercial herbicide.

Your battling weeds Realtor,

Chris Butterworth

[tags] landscaping, weed killer [/tags]