How to Kill Weeds Permanently

Anyone who's ever owned a piece of land knows that, eventually, there'll be weeds in the dirt. When the weeds come, there are two basic ways of dealing with them: get down on their level and yank them right out of your property, or resort to biological warfare and spray the little buggers with potent herbicides.

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We have seen the enemy, and he is green and leafy.

Pulling the Weeds

Step 1

Identify the weeds you wish to pull. Because many weeds like growing next to beneficial plants, ensure that what you're pulling is a weed and not your grandmother's prize begonia.

Step 2

Grasp the weed as close to the ground as possible.

Step 3

Pull the weed straight up from the ground, removing as much of the weed's root as possible. If the stalk breaks, go for the tools.

Step 4

Dig up the root ball or taproot of the weed with a shovel. Get the bulk of the roots out of the ground to ensure the weed will die.

Spraying the Weeds

Step 1

Mix a batch of your preferred weedkiller, per label instructions.

Step 2

Spray the weeds when they are dry. Wait at least 24 hours before spraying if has rained or otherwise precipitated.

Step 3

Spray the weeds' leaves with the herbicide mix, per label instruction. Most herbicides are absorbed into the weed via leaves and stalks and not the roots.

Step 4

Spray the weeds again after about 24 hours have passed. This should be sufficient to kill most intrusive weeds.


Joshua Benjamin

Joshua Benjamin began as a professional freelance writer in 2009. He has successfully published numerous articles spanning a broad range of topics. Benjamin's areas of expertise include auto repair, computer hardware and software, firearms operation and maintenance, and home repair and maintenance. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.