How to

Controlling Weeds

Weeds are plants that are growing where they’re not wanted. This can include lawn grasses creeping into garden beds and vegie patches, plants like dandelions and oxalis growing in paths, paved areas and flower beds and weeds like thistles, clover and bindii in lawns.

Weeds steal water and nutrients from our gardens and lawns, make the garden look untidy and can also harbour pests and diseases, so weeds should be controlled.

How to beat weeds

Guide to herbicides

There are two main types of herbicides – selective and non-selective.

For gardeners wanting to use organic methods of weed control, we have a solution – Yates® Nature’s Way Organic Weed Spray is based on clove oil and is certified for use in organic gardens.

Tips for applying herbicides


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