How to Minimize Weed Control Costs

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Anyone who has undertaken any agricultural project at some point in life will acknowledge that a substantial amount of money used in the projects goes into the control of weeds. The same applies to lawn care: where many hours, and a considerable sum of money, ends up being expended on the control of weeds. Money, of course, is a scarce resource, and its usage should be minimized whenever possible. That is what creates the need, in many people who have to spend considerable sums of money on weed control, to minimize the amount of money they spend on the same. Four ways emerge, in which the amount of money spend controlling weeds can be minimized. We venture to look at those, where it emerges that to minimize the amount of money you spend controlling weeds, you need to:

1. Focus on prevention, rather than cure: you will, almost inevitably, end up spending more money controlling weeds if you focus on trying to get rid of them, rather than on trying to prevent them from sprouting in the first place. If there is a situation in which the adage ‘prevention is better than cure' applies aptly, then it has to be the weed control situation. Before establishing a farm, garden or lawn, you will do well to first get rid of all weeds that previously grew on it, and make it inhospitable to new ones, before planting whatever you want to plant there. This is much cheaper than having to buy an herbicide, or having to deploy folks to uproot the weeds on your behalf later on.

2. Consider enlisting specialist help: this would be a particularly apt piece of advice in large scale farms, gardens or lawns. It is a situation where you may be better off outsourcing the weed control to companies that specialize in that sort of work, than attempting to do it yourself and ending up making a mess of it. These specialist firms tend to have very efficient ways of getting rid of weeds (developed out of experience, seeing that weed control is what they do on a day to day basis). They also tend to have, ready at hand, all the infrastructure they need to get rid of weeds, as well as staff experienced in that sort of work. They can subsequently do it very cost effectively – but as noted earlier, their service tends to make more sense in bigger projects.

3. Leverage on cultural practices that minimize weeds: things like mulching, as well as careful irrigation and careful fertilization can help you in minimizing weeds. Something like mulching, for instance, can make it very hard for the weeds to sprout (as the mulch keeps on blocking the weed seedlings from coming up). Besides saving you money that you would have spent on weed control, these practices tend to have lots of other benefits.

4. Make careful choice of weed elimination method: there are certain weed control methods that tend to necessitate expenditure of bigger sums of money than others. You are better off researching to establish what the more cost-effective methods are, and then opting for them.

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This article was published on 2011/03/26