Examples of Herbicides

Herbicides are chemicals that control weeds and unwanted plants growing in areas of the garden where you don't want them. These chemicals come in different formulas and are almost as varied as the group of existing plants. Contact herbicides only kill the part of the plant with which they come in contact. Translocated herbicides travel through the plant from the point of application and kill it. Soil herbicides are incorporated into the soil to prevent weeds from developing.

Try the least toxic weed-control method first.

Aim EW

Aim EW is a post-emergent contact herbicide that controls broadleaf weeds and suckers. It's effective when sprayed on developing plants no taller than 4 inches. The vegetation dries up within a few hours of exposure to the chemical and dies in a few days. Aim EW is labeled for use in a large number of crops to control weeds; strawberries, sugarcane, peanuts, herbs and vegetables are among them. Aim EW is banned in California. Its active chemical is carfentrazone-ethyl.


Finale is a glufosinate-based translocated herbicide. It's used in beds of cut flowers to prevent weeds and to kill those that germinate. When spraying them directly, you need to cover the plants thoroughly to guarantee effectiveness. According to UMass Extension, this isn't the most potent herbicide against perennial weeds.

Trimec 899 Broadleaf Herbicide

Trimec is formulated with the salts of three chemicals as its active ingredients to control lawn weeds. It kills dandelions, henbit, chickweed and a large number of other broadleaf weeds. This pesticide is labeled for use in Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescue, Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass and bentgrass at different rates of application.

Buctril Herbicide

Buctril herbicide controls broadleaf weeds in cornfields, sorghum crops, alfalfa, garlic, onion and mint, among other plants. Its active ingredient is octanoic acid ester of bromoxynil. As a contact post-emergence herbicide, Buctril is effective when sprayed on active growing weeds to provide complete coverage of the plant.

AllDown Green Chemistry Herbicide

AllDown Green Chemistry Herbicide is an organic pesticide for use in vegetable and flower beds to control weeds and grass. Its active ingredients are citric acid and garlic. It also contains acetic acid, yucca extract and water. This herbicide controls a number of weeds, including dandelion, poison ivy, common burdock and bindweed, among others.

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