Pest Control Ankeny IA

If spring weeds haven’t yet overtaken your garden, you can prevent them by laying down products containing corn gluten meal. To kill weeds, spray them with vinegar; for older, tougher weeds, try a vinegar-based herbicide.

NaturaLawn of America, Des Moines
(515) 965-7869
PO Box 902
Ankeny, IA
 
Preferred Pest Control, Inc.
(888) 778-5977
5415 NW 88th St, Suite 200
Johnston, IA
 
PREFERRED PEST CONTROL INC
(515) 276-7277
5415 Nw 88th St Ste 200
Johnston, IA
 
MIDWEST PEST MANAGEMENT LTD
(515) 255-8202
9880 Nw Beaver Dr
Johnston, IA
 
Premier Pest Services, Inc.
(515) 276-5834
3707 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
CYCLONE PEST MANAGEMENT
(515) 963-8225
PO Box 1164
Ankeny, IA
 
ROBINSON TERMITE INC
(515) 288-2580
3707 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
BUDGET PEST CONTROL
(515) 266-5381
4112 N UNION STREET
DES MOINES, IA
 
Springer Pest Solutions
(515) 262-9229
5360 NE 14th Street, Ste. A
Des Moines, IA
 
SPRINGER SERVICES INC
(515) 262-9229
5360 NE 14th St Ste A
Des Moines, IA
 

Weed Killers

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Killing Weeds, Gently

Q Are there any good natural weed killers?

A Yes—and you’re wise to look for safer options than standard pesticides, which have been linked to endocrine disorders, reproductive problems, and cancer, not to mention widespread water pollution.

If spring weeds haven’t yet overtaken your garden, you can prevent them by laying down products containing corn gluten meal. This byproduct of corn milling naturally inhibits the growth of new root systems but leaves established plants untouched. (As a bonus, it’s high in nitrogen, so it makes an excellent fertilizer.) Plan to apply it about three to five weeks before you’d expect weeds to start showing up, says Nick Christians, professor of horticulture at Iowa State University in Ames. You’ll need to use a pound of meal for every 50 square feet of space. Authorized suppliers can be found at public.iastate.edu/~isurf/tech/cgmwebsite.html.

To kill weeds, spray them with vinegar. If they’re just getting started, plain white vinegar should work fine. (It’s made up of 5 percent acetic acid, the weed-zapping ingredient.)

For older, tougher weeds, try a vinegar-based herbicide; these contain more acetic acid. But be sure to wear gloves and eye protection; at concentrations higher than 5 percent acetic acid, vinegar can burn the eyes and skin. Look for products at bradfieldind.com, greensense.net, sumrset.com/prod- 02.htm, and biconet.com/lawn/burn- out.html.

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