Tackling Weeds with Tractor Supply’s Arsenal of Herbicide Options

As the owner of a small hobby farm, keeping on top of weed control can feel like a never-ending battle. From fuzzy patches of dandelions to long winding trails of bindweed, weeds were the bane of my existence each summer. No matter how diligently I hoed, pulled, and mulched, they just kept popping up everywhere. That’s when I realized I needed to bring in the big guns in the form of weed killers from Tractor Supply.

With acres of pasture, fence lines, and garden plots to manage, I needed powerful herbicides that could cover large areas efficiently. But I also wanted options that were affordable and safe around my flock of sheep and beloved but nosy dogs. Thankfully, Tractor Supply offers a wide selection of weed killer products to meet the needs of farmers, ranchers, and gardeners alike.

Herbicide Types and Formulations

Tractor Supply carries both synthetic and organic weed killers in various formulations. For large pastures and lawns, I’ve had success with their concentrated liquid weed killers that connect to a hose sprayer or tank sprayer. The high concentration means I can achieve widespread coverage without lugging around gallons of ready-to-use product.

For garden beds and around ornamentals, I switch to ready-to-use weed control sprays with a standard nozzle. The convenience of these pre-mixed formulations makes targeted weed control much simpler. Tractor Supply also offers granular weed and feed fertilizer combinations perfect for nourshing your lawn while knocking out invaders.

No matter which type you choose, be sure to carefully check the label for listed plant species controlled and application rates. Applying too much can damage desirable plants, while too little may not provide adequate control. The knowledgeable Tractor Supply staff can help decipher labels and make recommendations tailored to your situation.

Weed Killer Options for Large Areas

As a farm owner, my biggest weed control challenges involved large open areas like pastures and fence lines. Tractor Supply offers several heavy-duty weed killers capable of tackling thousands of square feet at a time.

Non-Selective Herbicides

For areas where you want to eliminate all plant growth, non-selective herbicides are the way to go. These broad-spectrum weed killers are not picky about what they destroy, so avoid using them around plants you want to save! Glyphosate concentrates like Compare-N-Save Grass & Weed Killer are affordable and effective non-selective options stocked at Tractor Supply. A single application can knock out existing growth for months, though repeat applications are likely needed.

Pelargonic acid herbicides offer non-selective weed control with faster effects than glyphosate, but reduced persistence. Scythe Herbicide is a ready-to-use pelargonic acid product with activity against young annual weeds within hours. It can be sprayed around ornamentals and other desired plants once established since it lacks soil residual activity.

Selective Herbicides

Where bare ground isn’t desirable, selective weed killers are the way to go. These target specific weed types while leaving grass unharmed, making them ideal for lawns and pastures. 2,4-D, dicamba, and MCPP are common selective herbicides for broadleaf weeds like dandelions and thistle. Tractor Supply carries Ortho Max Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer Concentrate with both 2,4-D and dicamba for multi-weed control. Keep these away from garden veggies!

Fluroxypyr kills broadleaf weeds without harming grass but is safe on established pasture legumes like clover. Hi-Yield Killzall Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate combines fluroxypyr with other herbicides for a broader spectrum of control in grassy areas.

Sethoxydim targets grassy weeds like crabgrass and foxtail in lawns, while keeping desired grass intact. Bonide Grass Beater Concentrate uses sethoxydim to level the playing field with invasive grass weeds. Rotate between products with different modes of action to prevent weed resistance.

Pet and Livestock Safe Options

As a farm owner, safety around my livestock and pets is a top priority when selecting any herbicide. That’s why I was thrilled to find several weed killers at Tractor Supply specifically marketed as pet and livestock safe. Read the labels closely though, as “safe” may mean allowed in certain parts of pastures or required waiting periods before allowing animal access. Some options I’ve used successfully include:

  • Vinegar-based herbicides: Safer Brand Fast Acting Weed & Grass Killer uses vinegar as the active ingredient for non-selective control. Avoid contact with valued plants. Wait 1-3 days before allowing animal access.
  • Citrus oil herbicides: Compare-N-Save Concentrate Grass and Weed Killer uses d-limonene citrus oil for a broad spectrum burndown. Wait for foliage to dry before allowing animals to graze.
  • Microbial herbicides: Scythe contains pelargonic acid derived from a myrtle plant rather than synthetic chemicals. Once dry, it’s safe for animals and wildlife.
  • Soap-based herbicides: Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer Concentrate utilizes fatty acids for non-selective control. Safe around people and animals when dry.

Always check feeding, harvesting, and grazing restrictions since even natural weed killers often require some waiting period for maximum safety. And of course keep pets away during application!

Specialty Weed Control Solutions

Beyond pastures and lawns, I also battle weeds in my garden beds, driveway cracks, and wooded areas. Tractor Supply carries niche herbicides tailored to specific weed problems:

  • Driveway weed killers: Compare-N-Save Concentrate Heavyweight Weed & Grass Killer spot treats tough driveway and walkway weeds like plantain and Oxalis.
  • Garden herbicides: Bonide Burnout Weed & Grass Killer is safe around vegetables and ornamentals for targeted garden weed control.
  • Brush killers: Ortho Max Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer targets woody plants like poison ivy or small invasive trees in non-lawn areas.
  • Crabgrass killers: BioAdvanced All-In-One Lawn Weed & Crabgrass Killer treats crabgrass, dandelions, and 200+ weeds in one easy granular application.

No single product can solve every weed problem, so it helps to keep a stocked herbicide arsenal based on locations treated. Tractor Supply’s wide selection ensures you’ll find the right product for every job.

Choosing the Right Herbicide for Your Needs

Weed control can seem overwhelming when facing down rows of herbicide jugs with dizzying labels. Use this checklist when purchasing from Tractor Supply to match the product to your situation:

  • Location – Will it be used on lawns, pastures, patios, or garden beds? Choose selective or non-selective accordingly.
  • Problem weeds – Match the herbicide mode of action to target weeds. 2,4-D for dandelions, sethoxydim for crabgrass, etc.
  • Size of area – Concentrates work best for large areas, while ready-to-use is good for small spots.
  • Application method – Get the right formulation for your sprayer or spreader. Liquids for a tank sprayer, granules for a broadcast spreader.
  • Pet and livestock safety – Read labels closely and follow restrictions if animals have access to treated areas.
  • Desired persistence – Some weed killers provide long-term control, while others act fast but lack staying power.
  • Budget – Cheaper concentrates can treat more area over time, while ready-to-use is convenient.

Consulting the experts at Tractor Supply can simplify the decision process and help avoid wasting money on the wrong products. Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions!

Herbicide Prices and Purchasing Options

One major benefit of shopping at Tractor Supply is the savings compared to small garden stores. For large coverage, concentrates provide the biggest bang for your buck. A single quart of Compare-N-Save concentrate treats over 25,000 sq ft for under $20. Ready-to-use sprays allow greater convenience but cover far less area per bottle so keep your needs in mind.

Granular combinations are priced per pound, with costs varying based on brand, active ingredients, and size of bag. In general, rates range from $20 to $60 for 15 to 50 pound bags capable of treating 5,000 to 20,000 square feet respectively.

Always be sure to match application rates to label directions, rather than applying heavy amounts in hopes of better control. More is not always better when it comes to herbicides.

Tractor Supply also offers the convenience of ordering online for in-store pick up or delivery. Browse the options from home and simply pick up your weed killers when ready to use them. Watch for promotions offering $5 off $50 or 15% off certain brands to maximize savings.

For repeat large-scale spraying, consider splitting costs by sharing products with neighbors or placing bulk orders for even deeper discounts. Tractor Supply’s affordable herbicide options paired with promotions make it easy to stick to your weed control budget.

Getting the Most from Your Tractor Supply Purchase

While herbicides can significantly lighten the workload compared to hand weeding, proper application technique is vital to get your money’s worth. Here are some tips for success:

  • Carefully measure and mix concentrates according to label directions to avoid waste, ineffective control, or plant damage.
  • Use recommended spray nozzles and optimal pressures to ensure even coverage and avoid drift.
  • Spray weeds thoroughly when actively growing and free of dust for best intake and translocation.
  • Time applications appropriately – some weed killers work best on young plants, others require repeat doses on established perennials.
  • Combine mowing, tillage, or hand removal for severe infestations rather than relying solely on herbicides.
  • Monitor results and follow up on areas needing repeat doses. Make notes for next year’s applications.
  • Rotate between products with different modes of action to help prevent herbicide resistant weeds.

With proper selection and application, Tractor Supply’s weed control products offer an affordable way to keep pastures, gardens, and lawns weed-free with much less labor compared to repeated mowing or tilling alone. Their broad selection provides solutions for every scenario. Just make sure to closely follow all label precautions for optimal results and safety. Now if I could just train my sheep to eat the weeds and leave the grass alone!

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