Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in Fall

October to mid-November is an excellent time to control broadleaf weeds like plantain, curled dock and thistle. Many broadleaf weeds including clover, oxalis, dandelion, wild strawberry and ground ivy will start to thrive in cooler fall weather. Fall can be the perfect opportunity to control broadleaf weeds, unlike summer when weeds are focusing on top-growth, in fall weeds are storing energy in their root system and are more susceptible to herbicide applications.

The best cool weather weed killer is Gordon's Speed Zone broadleaf herbicide. Speed Zone contains systemic herbicides that will move through the leaf tissue and into the crown and roots for a complete kill. Killing broadleaf weeds in the fall season will allow the turf to fill in the bare spots before crabgrass or other weeds germinate next spring. This fall, if your lawn is a mixture of broadleaf weeds and turf, applying Speed Zone will make a difference in the weeds you battle next spring.

Apply Speed Zone on a sunny day when rain is not in the forecast for 24 hours. We want the herbicides to dry on the leaf surfaces and not be immediately washed off.

Uncle's Tip: Always add a few drops of Uncle's STIKIT to Speed Zone. STIKIT is a surfactant, A.K.A spreader sticker, and will help Speed Zone stick to waxy leaf of clover, oxalis and dandelions.

Using Speed Zone in the fall, you won’t have the pleasure of watching your weeds die overnight. That twisting, shriveling and yellowing you see the next day with a summer application is not as obvious, but next spring the weeds will be gone.

Will Speedzone affect overseeding? Yes, always wait 7-10 days after application before overseeding. Do not use Speed Zone over the top of new seed. If you have broadleaf weeds in a newly seeded area, wait until the seed has germinated, filled in, and grown enough to have been cut at least twice. Use Gordon's Trimec with STIKIT added. Trimec is a little more friendly to baby seedlings.