A lot of myths surround organic lawn care. Just last month, we discussed one in detail: “organic lawn fertilizer is safer than synthetic fertilizer.” As showcased, phosphorus-free fertilizers blend the effectiveness of synthetic products with measures to keep children, pets and the environment safe — the same initiatives as those of organic lawn care.
Organic weed killer shares a similar story. Like fertilizers, these alternatives are thought to be a safer, more environmentally friendly method to keep your yard weed-free. Contrary to popular belief, though, organic weed killer can actually cause more harm than good and potentially compromise an otherwise healthy lawn. Not to mention, they don’t come to the rescue of existing weed populations like their synthetic counterparts.
Organic Weed Killer Fails to Address the Source
Unattractive, invasive weeds must be eliminated at the source. While you can find natural remedies like vinegar or salt in your cupboards, these products only destroy weeds above the ground. So even though you might see some weed foliage subside, their roots will remain intact and unaffected by the treatments. That’s why organic weed killer tends to only be effective on new, young weeds versus perennials or more mature weeds that have developed a root system.
Some Organic Solutions Can Contaminate Soil
Natural solutions like salt can kill some weeds, but they also compromise the health of your soil in the process. Unlike synthetic products that eventually break down, the sodium ion in salt doesn’t decompose. When soil becomes heavily contaminated, it can take years for anything to grow back in that area, whether it’s grass or other plants. Further, if the treated area is near additional plants, these solutions may also impact their health as well.
Organic Weed Killer Has Less Long-Term Success
While any type of weed treatment program requires some degree of regularity, organic weed killer can introduce the need for more applications versus their synthetic counterparts. That’s because the majority of organic weed killer solutions only contain a small trace of the acid or other ingredients that are necessary to kill weeds. This requires more time and persistence on your end, with results that are apt to be less effective in the long run.
A Better Solution: Choose Safe, Synthetic Products
Rather than risk a weed invasion in your yard, stick to a safe, synthetic solution for optimal results. Unlike homemade, natural remedies, these products will tackle weeds at the root of the problem to eradicate existing weed populations and stop sprouting weeds in their tracks. What’s more is that they’ll require fewer applications based on their effectiveness, without raising any concerns over the health of soil.
When Weed Pro applies safe, synthetic weed control products to your lawn, they’ll dry in just two to three hours. Within seven to 10 days, you’ll see a positive impact on your outdoor space without having to worry about the lingering effects of dangerous chemicals.
Are you ready to have a thriving, weed-free lawn? Contact your local lawn care provider for details.