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How To Get Rid Of Weeds For Good [Everything You Need To Know]

Killex Weed Control is a leading weed control product sold at home improvement and garden centers. It is attractive to homeowners because it kills more than 50 total weeds, including dandelions and ragweed, and doesn’t harm the lawn itself. However, it may not always be the best solution for every job, and it might not be something that you want to apply yourself.

DIY weed killers are popular because they’re affordable and accessible. That doesn’t always make them the right solution for the job, though. And if nothing else, you should at least know what you’re putting on your lawn before you use any of these products. To that end, let’s talk more about Killex, weed control products, and why you should rely on the experts at Yard Dawgs Lawncare for all of your weed control needs.


What is Killex?

Killex is a broad-spectrum weed treatment and spot control solution for getting rid of dozens of different weeds. It is generally sold in concentrate form and requires mixing before application. This weed killer is manufactured by Ortho and is comprised of several chemicals designed to offer a broad range of weed-killing solutions.

It is available at major retailers, garden stores, and online. It can be purchased in several sizes and is usually sold as a concentrate, although there are a few ready-mix options available for spot treatments and smaller jobs. The product works within a few days and the weeds will die gradually over time. Some weeds will take up to four weeks to get rid of completely. The application can also be completed in 3-4 weeks, as needed.

The big caveat with this product is that, unlike some rapid-acting formulas, you will need to allow up to 24 hours for the product to dry and begin working before you water the lawn, or apply the treatment 24 hours before rain.


Killex and 2, 4-D

If you read our blog on 2, 4-D, you’ve heard about this chemical that’s often used to kill weeds simply because it can kill so many different varieties. While it is effective, it requires caution when you’re using it so as not to cause damage to your property. In many cases, products like this are best handled by the pros. You'll get the right solutions for your lawn, delivered safely and effectively.


What Does Killex Kill?

This weed control solution takes care of several common weeds and bothersome plants in your yard.

  • Clover
  • Plantain
  • Dandelion
  • Ground ivy
  • Ragweed
  • Knotweed
  • Yellow clover
  • Buttercup
  • English daisy
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Devil’s paintbrush
  • Bedstraw
  • Chickweed
  • And many others

This is not an exhaustive list, but it gives you a good idea of the kind of pest weeds this product has in mind. Keep in mind that Killex should not be used around flowers, shrubs, or any fruit crops because it can cause damage or kill the plants entirely. 




How to Use Killex

The first thing that you will need to do is put on protective gloves and mix the Killex with water in the appropriate sprayer. There are some ready-to-apply versions of Killex and other Ortho weed killers, but it’s far more common to see concentrates. How it’s mixed will depend on the size of the bottle that you purchase. Follow the instructions on the bottle for proper mixing.

You can apply Killex as a spot treatment where you have pesky weeds or use a pump sprayer to apply broad-spectrum coverage to your entire lawn. The amount of coverage will depend on the size of the container you purchase, so refer to that for more information.

This product is best applied in the early spring when weeds are still growing and in the young stages. It can be reapplied throughout the season as a preventive treatment, but most people use it as a one-time treatment to get their yard on the up and up in the spring.

Remember, apply Killex when it will have 24 hours to dry before any rain or watering needs to occur. If you’re in the middle of seeding an area, for example, maybe hold off on the weed killer until the grass is flourishing.


The Pros and Cons of DIY Chemicals

Whenever we talk about weed killers like this, it brings us to the overall conversation of whether or not chemical products that you use yourself are really the best idea for your lawn. There are some instances where people use these products without incident and even find them to be rather effective. However, there are also instances where things can go wrong when you’re trying to DIY, and that’s where the pros can come in handy.

Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind when using chemical weed killers on your lawn. Because we promote letting the pros (like our team at Yard Dawgs) handle the work, we’ll start with the cons.


  • You need to take the time to get protective gloves and eyewear and invest the money if you don’t already have them
  • You’ll have to mix the solution yourself and then apply it as needed
  • This will also require an investment in a sprayer, which is something that costs more than the average bottle of weed killer that’s ready-mixed
  • If you don’t know how to use and store this product, it could become a danger


On the upside, some pros of Killex include:

  • Kills over 50 types of weeds and bothersome plants
  • Easy to apply and offers protection for weeks
  • Readily available at several stores
  • Dries in 24 hours (not days like some products)
  • Quick, affordable solution for people on a budget


Of course, you can’t put a price on your safety and wellbeing, and that’s why it’s better to work with professional landscapers and yard experts to get weeds under control once and for all. If you’ve got pesky weeds cluttering up your lawn and you want them gone, it’s time to call in the experts.


Call Yard Dawgs Lawncare for Weed Control and More

At Yard Dawgs, we don’t just do weed control. We also offer solutions for fertilization, seeding, soil conditioning, and more. Whatever your needs are, we can take great care of your lawn. We’ll even provide you with a custom quote or you can choose one of our pre-made packages to get the perfect service for your lawn all season long. Plus, we can educate you on the products that you do use on your own to make sure that you’re doing it right and not creating a bigger problem than you started with.

At Yard Dawgs, we treat every lawn like it’s our own. From weed control to one-time weed killing services, we’re happy to provide the solutions you need for all kinds of lawncare. From affordable solutions to season-long full-service packages, we have something for everyone. Contact us today to discuss your weed control needs and find out how we can help you.

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