The first step is diagnosis or identification. There are many books and websites that are helpful, but if you get stumped I can help. Bring in a sample to the office, or send me a few high quality photos, and I can work with our diagnostic team to determine what you are up against!
Once you have identified the weed or pest that you want to get rid of, you can decide how to proceed. If you decide to purchase and use a pesticide product there are a few very important things to keep in mind. Remember, pesticides are toxic, that is why they work.
- Always read and follow the label carefully! The label is a legal document and will tell you what the active ingredient is and what it kills, how much and how often to use it, and how to protect yourself, your family or your pets from exposure. Read this short article on the topic.
- Only buy as much product as you can use in one season. Avoid storing large quantities of unused pesticides and never store pesticides in an improperly labeled container.
- Always wear gloves and eye protection when handling, mixing, or using pesticides.
Here are some additional resources you may find to be helpful.
UW Extension Bulletins and Articles:
- Landscape Pests: The Dastardly Dozen
- WY Weed Control in Turf and Ornamentals
- UW Barnyards and Backyards - Weeds, Plant Disease, and Insects