Killzall kills weeds in 7–14 days under most conditions. In rare cases, Killzall takes 21 days to fully kill weeds and grass. You may see initial wilting within 24 hours after spraying Killzall but the weed and grass killer needs a full two weeks to completely infiltrate the plant’s system and kill it down to the root. By spraying Killzall during the optimum conditions, you can ensure that your weeds are killed quickly every time.
Why Does Killzall Take Two Weeks to Kill Weeds?
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Killzall, is a systemic herbicide. This means that the chemical compound is designed to kill plants completely, including underground growth. In order to do this, the Glyphosate must be first absorbed through the leaves and then circulated through the plant. This typically takes 7–14 days.
- Killzall is a systemic herbicide that must be absorbed by plants.
- Killzall performs favorably when compared to Roundup.
- Fully absorbing and passing herbicide down through the roots takes 7–14 days in most cases.
After you have sprayed a plant with Killzall, it’s important to make sure you do not interrupt the Glyphosate as it works. Watering or mowing before plants have absorbed the herbicides may slow down the herbicide or cause it to fail completely.
5 Ways to Make Sure Killzall Works Fast
If you want fast results from your Killzall application, follow the tips below. Just remember, Killzall is a non-selective weed killer. It will attack any plants and grasses it’s sprayed on. Apply carefully and avoid spraying Killzall on desirable plants or lawn grasses.
Spray Actively Growing Plants
Killzall is at its most effective when it is sprayed on green, growing plants. If the plant or grass you are attempting to kill is dormant, Killzall will often not work at all. Dormant plants are not actively engaged in respiration, which means the weed killer won’t be carried through the plant.
- Spray Killzall weed killer on green, growing plants only.
- Killzall sprayed on dormant plants will work slowly or not work at all.
Make sure to spray Killzall when the plant is green and producing new growth. This will allow the herbicide to enter the weed or grass and be circulated through its vascular system. Weeds and grasses will die fastest when sprayed while they are growing vigorously.
Wait for Warm Weather
Weed and grass killer works fastest during warm—but not extremely hot—weather. When temperatures are between 60–90℉(16–32℃), your weed killer will work quickly, often killing weeds in as little as 7 days. However, temperatures below 60℉ (16℃) slow down Killzall. It may take twice as long as normal to kill weeds in cold weather.
- Spray your weeds when temperatures are 60–90℉(16–32℃) to encourage Killzall to work quickly.
- If the temperature is below 60℉ (16℃), Killzall will work slowly.
- Temperatures over 90℉ (32℃) can evaporate Killzall, causing it not to work.
Avoid spraying weeds when it is extremely hot outside. If the temperature is above 90℉ (32℃), it’s too hot to spray weeds. High summer temperatures will evaporate the weed killer quickly, which may slow it down or render it ineffective. If you need to spray weeds while daytime temperatures are high, spray early in the morning, before the temperature has hit its peak.
Do not spray Killzall if rain is expected in the next 24 hours. Wet conditions can wash away or dilute the weed killer. On the other hand, dry conditions allow the weed killer to be absorbed by the plant’s leaves. So, check the forecast before you spray your weeds.
- If there is rain in the forecast for the next 24 hours, do not spray Killzall.
- Killzall works best when it is allowed to dry for 24 hours.
If it rains less than 24 hours after you spray Killzall, it may wash away the herbicide. If this happens, it’s best to perform a light second application to make sure the treated weeds are killed.
Similar to avoiding rain, wait 24 hours after spraying Killzall before watering your lawn or garden. Sprinklers can wash the herbicide off the leaves before it has a chance to become rainfast. So, make sure to adjust any sprinkler timers to allow your Killzall time to work.
Put a Pause on Mowing
Although it may seem strange at first, there are several reasons you shouldn’t mow weeds right before spraying them. The most important of these reasons is that weed killers like Killzall work best when they are sprayed on as much leaf surface as possible. By mowing your weeds, you cut away the leaves that will absorb the active ingredient in Killzall. In order to make sure your Killzall works faster, don’t mow your yard for at least 5 days before you spray.
- Do not mow weeds for at least 5 days before spraying Killzall weed killer.
- Wait at least 2 days after spraying Killzall before you mow.
It’s equally important to wait for a few days after spraying Killzall before you mow. The herbicide needs time to work through the plant’s system. Mowing too soon may slow down or stop the work of the herbicide. This can give tough weeds the chance to bounce back. Wait at least 2 days after you spray weeds before mowing.
When Can You Plant After Using Killzall?
Wait 14 days after application before you plant in the area where Killzall has been sprayed. If you plant sooner than 2 weeks after you’ve sprayed Killzall, new grass and other plants may be damaged by Killzall still present in the soil.
- The area will be safe for new plants 14 days after Killzall is applied.
- This 14 day range lines up with how long it takes Killzall to fully kill plants.
- The soil will be ready for new plants at the same time the weeds you sprayed are fully dead.
14 days provides enough time for the Glyphosate in Killzall to break down in the soil. It also matches up perfectly with the time it takes for Killzall to wipe out weeds. So, once the weeds are dead you can uproot them and plant whatever you desire.
How Long Does it Take for Killzall to Kill Weeds?
Killzall typically kills weed in 1–2 weeks. However, results can take up 3 weeks in some cases. In order to make sure your Killzall application works as quickly as possible, follow these tips:
- Spray on green, growing plants, not dormant ones.
- Killzall works fastest when daytime highs are 60–90℉(16–32℃).
- Avoid spraying Killzall if rain is expected in the next 24 hours.
- Don’t water for 24 hours after Killzall application.
- Do not mow for at least 5 days before spraying Killzall.
- Wait at least 2 days after spraying Killzall before mowing.
The tactics above help Killzall be absorbed faster and prevent it from washing away. These keys to tough weed control make sure the herbicide has the chance to fully infiltrate and kill the plants you sprayed. By following these rules your weed killer will be more effective, faster.