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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns


If your lawn is properly maintained, herbicides will generally not be necessary. When they are needed, use them as part of an integrated management program that includes good cultural practices. No single herbicide will control all lawn weeds, and not all herbicides can be used on all lawn species. You must identify your weed problem(s) and turfgrass species before choosing an herbicide. A few of the most serious lawn weeds, such as some perennial grasses, cannot be effectively controlled with herbicides without killing the turfgrass near them as well.

The herbicide you choose will depend on the types of weeds you are trying to control. For common herbicides labeled for use on turfgrass refer to:

Using herbicides in turf

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