SHORT ANSWER: When we treat weeds with our broad-spectrum systemic herbicides, they usually die and decompose within 14 days.
If you want to rid your garden of weeds, treating the weeds with herbicide is generally a more effective approach than pulling them up by hand. When you're physically yanking weeds out of the ground, it's all too easy to remove only the visible part of the plant and leave the roots behind. Systemic herbicides are circulated throughout the plant's whole system, making it much harder for the weed to survive.
Of course, herbicides don't kill weeds instantaneously. It's not like you can spray the leaves and watch victorious as, before your very eyes, your nemesis disintegrates like the baddies in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
So just how long do herbicides take to do their stuff?
It usually takes a couple of weeks.
Obviously, the answer to this question depends on what kind of weeds you're up against and what type of herbicide you're using. Certain products work faster and do a more thorough job than others, so it's important to do your research before you start spraying your garden.
If you want the best possible results, it may be worth getting in touch with a weed control specialist. Professionals are often able to source more effective herbicides that contain active ingredients not present in most supermarket weed killers - good news if you want to get those pesky weeds under control ASAP.
Here at Lawn & Weed Expert, we offer a professional weed control service that's been the end of many a stubborn garden weed. In most cases, the weeds we treat are completely dead and decomposed within 14 days of herbicide application. A single visit is enough to deal with most common weeds, although certain pesky plants (like celandine and yarrow) require multiple treatments.
Tough on weeds, tough on the causes of weeds.
Killing your weeds with herbicide is all well and good, but if you don't address the conditions that allowed those weeds to appear in the first place, the problem will come back to haunt you later on.
When you call in the Lawn & Weed Expert team, we won't just cover your weeds in herbicide and call it a day - we will survey your garden carefully to identify why those weeds were able to thrive. Our weed control specialists can even devise a unique weed control programme that's tailored to you; with our assistance, you can stay one step ahead of those troublesome weeds all year round.
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