Most of us have battled annoying weeds in our lawns? Not only are they unattractive, they can reduce the health and growth of our lawns as well.

Weeds can ruin a garden and prevent you from having a perfectly manicured lawn. It's not uncommon to see a once vibrant lawn or garden ruined by weeds.

In fact, it's hard to enjoy the beauty of your yard when it’s filled with pesky weeds. You may have tried many ways to get rid of weeds in your lawn, but nothing seems to work. You've may have tried pulling some of them out by hand or using a weed killer, but they always come back with a vengeance!

Maybe you tried using an herbicide to get rid of the weeds, but instead they still seem to thrive. Herbicides can be effective, but you can make the efficacy of herbicides even more powerful by combining them with a non-ionic surfactant—like our PetraTools' product.

Before going any further, we should discuss what makes weeds grow and how natural surfactants work.

 Why Do Weeds Grow?

Weeds growing in soil

Weeds are also plants that need space, water, sunlight, and air to thrive.

They are challenging because many species have a high tolerance to intense weather conditions, which explains why many have a high survival rate.

Other species grow a little earlier than many desirable plants, making it challenging for your grass to germinate when weeds are already starting to crowd the area.

As soon as the environment achieves the minimum standards for plants to thrive, many weed species are already germinating.

 How Fast Do Weeds Germinate?

Weeds growing in between pavement tiles

When you think of a weed, you may picture a dandelion or other type of plant that can grow very quickly. In fact, some weeds do germinate very fast and can sprout within just a couple of days.

However, this isn't always the case. Some weeds can germinate within just a few days, while others may take up to two weeks! When trying to get rid of your weeds, it is essential to know how fast they grow to ensure your lawn is properly cared for and monitored.

 How Fast Do Weeds Grow?

Weeds in lawn

Weeds can grow at different rates depending on their type. Some weeds, like crabgrass and dandelions, overgrow and can reach maturity within just a few weeks.

Others, like chickweed and clover, may take up to a month. While most weeds grow at different rates, they all have one thing in common: they can be challenging to get rid of once they sprout!

 How to Control Weeds in Lawn

Spraying on the weeds in lawn

It is important to know how fast your weeds grow to ensure they are not spreading to other parts of your lawn.

There are many ways to kill weeds, but herbicides are the most common. These chemicals will kill plant life within a certain radius of where it is sprayed, including weeds.

However, it is crucial to ensure that the herbicide you use will not harm any other plants in your yard. It is also essential to know that many types of weeds can be challenging to kill, even with chemicals, since they have a solid root system and can regrow from even the smallest piece of foliage.

 Effective ways to control weeds

Different ways on controlling weeds

There are several methods to remove these unwanted and annoying weeds. These are the best ways to control them:

  • Hand-pulling. Removing weeds by hand is one of the most effective methods for removing them from your lawn. It's also one of the easiest ways to control weeds since you don't have to spend money on chemicals or other products.
  • Mowing. Mowing is another effective method for ridding your lawn of weeds. It's important to keep your grass at the recommended height so it can shade out weed growth and prevent them from germinating in the first place.
  • Growing desirable plants. Another effective way to control weeds is by planting desirable plants. When you plant these plants in areas where weeds are likely to grow, they will compete with them for nutrients and water. This will make it harder for weeds to thrive in your lawn or garden.
  • Herbicides. Herbicides are highly effective at killing unwanted plants. There are many different types of herbicides you can use to kill weeds in your lawn and garden. You should always read the label before using any herbicide so that you know exactly what's in it and how to properly apply it.

 Tips on Using Herbicide in Controlling Weeds


Sprayer's nozzle spraying directlty on weeds

Herbicides are effective at controlling weeds, but their use can pose hazards to humans and the environment if not handled carefully.

Here are some important things to consider when using herbicides:

  • Always read the label carefully before using any herbicide.
  • Don't mix your own chemical solutions and don't use a chemical that's not labeled for use on the plant you're trying to kill.
  • Use herbicides only if absolutely necessary and when you have no other options for controlling weeds.
  • Wear protective clothing and gloves when handling herbicides.
  • Never pour leftover herbicide down drains or onto the ground where it can run off into water supplies.
  • Store herbicides in their original containers in a locked cabinet away from children and pets.

 What Is a Surfactant?

Comparisson of two leaves with and withour surfactant

In layman's terms, a surfactant is a chemical that helps water and oil to mix. It is used in the lawn care industry to help chemicals spread evenly across the grass, so they can be absorbed quickly and efficiently.

There are two main types of surfactants: non-ionic and anionic. Both types help the chemicals spread evenly across your lawn, but they do so differently.

Non-ionic surfactants work by attracting water molecules while repelling oil or grease particles.

Anionic surfactants attract water molecules while repelling other anions, such as chloride or sulfate ions.

The difference between anionic and non-ionic surfactants is that the former attracts water molecules and other anions, while the latter attracts only water molecules.

So for efficient lawn care, choose a non-ionic surfactant for your lawn. If you're not sure which is best for you, consult an expert at your local nursery or garden center.

 How Do Surfactants Work?


Different size variants of PetraTools Herbicide Surfactant

Surfactants are chemicals that lower surface tension. This means they allow liquids to flow more easily, making them ideal for use in fertilizers and pesticides.

When you spray them on a lawn, they create a protective layer between the grass and whatever is trying to harm it—the surfactant molecules bond with water molecules.

This is essentially like two magnets being attracted to each other—the water-loving end of the molecule bonds with water, while the water-hating end bonds with dirt or other chemicals trying to harm your lawn. This creates a barrier between the grass and whatever is hurting it.

 Without Surfactants, Herbicides Won't Work


Weeds in flourish

Without surfactants, herbicides would not be able to penetrate the surface of plants. This means that weeds and other unwanted plants could grow and spread unchecked.

Surfactants are important because they make herbicides work. When a weed is sprayed with herbicide, the surfactant helps the chemical penetrate the cell walls of plants so that it can be absorbed into them. Without this process, herbicides would not be able to kill weeds or other unwanted plants.

Without herbicides, your lawn would be overrun with weeds and other unwanted plants. You would spend a lot of time trying to rid your lawn of these plants, or you could hire someone else to do it—but either way, it would be costly.

 Introducing PetraTools Sprayer's Surfactant for Lawns


Different sizes of PetraTools Herbicide Surfactant

Look no further! PetraTools’ Sprayer's Surfactant for Lawns is the perfect product to help you eliminate weeds and unwanted plants in your lawn.

PetraTools’ surfactant weed killer is non-ionic and can penetrate the surface of plants and allow herbicides to work their magic. It can be combined with any herbicide, making it a worthy investment!

It is easy and safe to use, contains no alcohol, and is non-flammable.

For faster application, spray your lawn with a PetraTools battery-powered sprayer.

We have many different kinds of garden and lawn sprayers—each one offers unique spraying benefits.

Choose from our backpack, cart, or sling sprayers, such as HD3000, HD4000, HD2000, HD5000, and LT-PRO.

 Get Our PetraTools Sprayer's Non-Ionic Surfactant Now!

Remember that weeds grow rapidly, so the sooner you get rid of them, the easier it will be to control your yard. You need to know how a surfactant works on your lawn to use it against weeds effectively.

Our non-ionic surfactant is the perfect addition to your IPM. Experts have developed this product in the field to ensure quality and safety—it won't harm your lawn or plants! It will help you get the most out of your herbicide while protecting plants and soil from damage.

Visit our website or Amazon store to purchase PetraTools surfactant and the best sprayer that suits your needs.