Weed Control

Lawn and garden chemicals include some of the most hazardous products in the
home. Products that you use to kill insects, weeds, and fungal diseases may
also be toxic to children, pets, birds, fish, and beneficial insects such as
bees and ladybugs.


  • An environmental rating system for commercial lawn and products.
    Grow Smart, Grow Safe
    rates 350 lawn and garden products—including 93
    commercially available weed killers—according to environmental concerns such
    as short and long-term health hazards, hazards to aquatic life, birds, bees,
    or pets, its half-life in the soil, and if it is a water pollution hazard.
  • Hands-on prevention, control options, and weeding tools.
    Mulches, hoes, cultivators, weed barriers, and a some tolerance for weeds are
    all viable alternatives to frequent use of weed killers, and all are discussed in Grow Smart, Grow Safe.

Excerpted from Grow Smart, Grow Safe, A Consumer Guide to Lawn and Garden Products, by Philip Dickey, Washington Toxics Coalition. Copyright (c) by Philip Dickey. Reprinted by permission of Washington Toxics Coalition.
Excerpted from Grow Smart, Grow Safe, A Consumer Guide to Lawn and Garden Products, by Philip Dickey, Washington Toxics Coalition

20 comments

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good reminders

Emily Drew
Emily Drew5 years ago

"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." ~Eeyore from winnie the poo

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thank you!

Jarrod Page
Jarrod Page5 years ago

I thought we were talking about a different weed. Legalize!

Gordon R.
Gordon Rowland6 years ago

My interactive website www.ilda.com.au, features lots of free info on lawns, lawn alternatives (for Australia) and weeds.
On the Home page, click on 'Plants', and on the drop-down menu click on 'Lawns' and 'Weeds'.

Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman6 years ago

Monica D.'s comment seemed very on-target. "Living" mulches also help conserve water and provide food/cover for wild-life.

Monica D.
M D.6 years ago

There is an article on Care2 about edible weeds. Many plants should probably not be labelled "weeds".

Janak S.
Janak S.6 years ago

Weeds are good. It prevents soil errosion. It retains moisture in soil and is a habitat to freindly pests and bugs and some of them has medicinal value.