Smarter Weed Control - FAQs

Q. How is Smarter Weed Control applied?
A. It is a blanket spray of our liquid organic fertilizer with a spot spray of a reduced risk synthetic herbicide called Quicksilver.

Q. Smarter Weed Control did not work. Will you re-spray it for free?
A. We ask that you wait 7-10 days to see the results of Smarter Weed Control. If you do not feel you received at least a 60% effectiveness rate, we will spot spray the weeds for free. Our guarantee policy only extends 20 days from the application date. We will not re-spray for free after this time window because we will have no way of knowing which are new weeds and which are old weeds.

Q. How much pesticide is actually applied with this method?
A. Depending on the lawn, this method reduces pesticide usage by an average of 70%. On a bad lawn the typical reduction rate is 25% while on a good lawn a reduction rate could be up to 90+%.

Q. What pesticide is used in Smarter?
A. We use a product called Quicksilver. Quicksilver is made up of Carfentrazone and other inert ingredients. Quicksilver is on the EPA’s reduced risk list. You can go to the link under Smarter Weed Control on our website under “Weed Controls – traditional and combination” to see the EPA regulation sheet, MSDS, and Label for Quicksilver.

Q. Is Quicksilver safe?
A. Legally we are not able to answer that question, no matter what the product is made of. Quicksilver is on the EPA’s Reduced Risk list, which is a very difficult list to receive certification for. As a reduced risk pesticide, Quicksilver has low impact on human health, low toxicity to non-target animals and insects, and low potential for groundwater contamination.

Q. What weeds does Smarter work on, which ones does it not?
A. Works well on: Mallow, Dandelion, Oxalis, Lams Ears, Thistle, Kosha, Blackmedic, Plantain, Spurge, Oxalis, and many more. Does NOT work well on: Clover, Bindweed, Coarse Tall Fescue and Annual Grasses. Examples of annual grasses include Crabgrass, Barnyard Grass, and Foxtail. (We recommend Drive for these weeds).

Q. Why didn’t Smarter kill my Thistle?
A. Thistle is a very difficult weed to control. It generally takes 1-2 applications and works best if applied to actively growing weeds.

Q. Can you do the front yard with Smarter and the back yard without the weed control?
A. Yes we can, or vice versa. Because of the application method we use, we can easily avoid spraying any synethics wherever you choose. Many of our customers choose to stay 100% organic in their back yard where their children play and use the spot spray for their front yard.

Q. When should I mow before and after a Smarter application?
A.. We recommend mowing two days before or two days after a Smarter application. Please do not reuse the grass clipping after you have mowed.

Q. How long should I wait after the application to water the lawn and how long should I stay off the lawn?
A. For best results wait 12-24 hours after the application to water, and then water each section a regular deep watering. Please stay off the lawn for 24 hours.

Q. How long should I wait to reseed after the Smarter Weed Control application?
A. For best results you should not reseed until 2 weeks after the application.

Q. What is the difference between pesticides and herbicides?
A. Pesticide is the term for a substance that controls, kills, repels, or mitigates a pest. Therefore all herbicides are pesticides, all insecticides are pesticides, all fungicides are pesticides, etc. An herbicide controls, kills, repels, or mitigates plants, so herbicides are a type of pesticide.