The Scotts Company 1qt. Weed - B - Gon Ready - Spray Lawn Weed Killer (0399210)

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Ortho Makes Weeds- B- Gone, in Due Time

Apr 25, 2007
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Ease of use; Kills a large number of weeds

Cons:Takes its time getting the job done; Slow delivery of spray

The Bottom Line: Ortho Weed- B- Gone works, but it needs time to get the job done.


I despise yard work in every form but I also know that maintenance of a yard is critical in order to keep it presentable and avoid a much larger task at a later time. Weeds are the most common yard problem and one product that I use from time to time is Ortho Weed- B- Gone Ready to Use Spray, a weed killing product.

Basic Facts About This Product:

Ortho Weed- B- Gone is a liquid weed killer that is sold in a plastic bottle. The bottle includes a plastic sprayer at the top where the liquid is dispensed. A round slot at one end of the sprayer receives the end of a garden hose. Once the hose is turned on and the valve is opened (by turning the knob on the sprayer), the water will mix with the concentrated weed killer and dispense from the spray end in diluted form. It is then applied to your lawn until the surface is covered or until the liquid in the bottle runs dry.

Ortho Weed- B- Gone needs to be applied when the lawn is dry, the air is calm, the temperature is below 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is no chance of rain for at least a couple of hours. This product kills more than 250 different broadleaf weeds without harming the surrounding lawn.

Active Ingredients:

Ortho Weed- B- Gone has a long list of chemical ingredients, but the active ingredients are Triclophy (1.565), MCPA (13.72%) and Dicamba (1.35%).

Product Info/Customer Service:

The web site for this product is ortho.com. Consumers can lookup a long list of facts on this and other Ortho products and also access Ortho’s other helpful information, like its guide to weeds (contains actual drawings of weeds so that you can identify problem weeds in your yard and find the right product to control them). The customer service department at Ortho can be contacted either by sending an e-mail through the site or by calling 888-295-0671.

Final Thoughts:

Ortho Weed- B- Gone ready to use spray is an acceptable product for weed control that kills most weeds in due time. I have been using this product and products like it for many years to help control the inevitable growth of weeds in my yard with generally satisfactory results.

Ready to use spray weed killers like Ortho Weed- B- Gone are among the easiest to use of all weed killing products and for someone like me (who hates yard work), ease of use ranks high on my list of requirements and it is one of the main reasons I use this product. The liquid is already mixed and ready to use. There is no need to pull out a manual spreader like you have to do with dry weed killer and there is no need to dilute or mix anything. All you do is attach one end of a garden hose, turn the knob to open the sprayer, turn on the water supply, and let the spraying begin.

As easy as this process is, it isn’t the most effective at killing weeds. When I use Ortho Weed- B- Gone, the first thing that disappears from my yard is clovers and they leave the scene on the second day. But other weeds take longer and this can frustrate consumers who take Ortho’s “Results in 24 Hours” claim literally. Ortho isn’t saying that your yard will be weed- free in 24 hours; it is saying that some weeds will be gone in 24 hours. Weeds like foxtail, dandelion, and others that are common in my lawn take longer to eliminate. Ortho does eventually come through, but one has to be patient and wait several days before passing judgment.

One thing that annoys me with this and other ready to use weed killing sprays is the low pressure delivery of the product from the end of the sprayer. Unless your garden hose has exceptional water pressure, the liquid will come out the end of the sprayer at a very slow pace. This means it will take a long time to cover the lawn and it will take a good deal of walking around. I wish they would perfect this process by offering a way to increase pressure so that the spray would shoot further than it does. It would really save a lot of time when using ready to use spray weed killers. Also, beware of the condition of your garden hose before you purchase a product like this. If it is bent in any way on the tip that inserts into the spray handle, you may be unable to twist the garden hose and make it fit. Your hose has to be in good, working condition on the metal ends or else you won’t be able to screw it into the sprayer.

Ortho Weed- B- Gone kills more than 250 weeds so there is a good chance it will eliminate most of the weeds in your yard. But don’t expect the process to move swiftly. The slowness is one reason I really do not like the misleading choice of names. “Weed- B- Gone” has a magical sound to it, like the product is going to kill off all those unwanted weeds in a matter of minutes. Nothing could be further from the truth, and in fact Ortho Weed- B- Gone is actually slower than most weed killing products. It gets the job done, but it takes several days to finish.

I don’t have any particular loyalty when it comes to liquid weed killer like Ortho Weed- B- Gone. I tend to select whatever product offers the best price and/or claims to kill the largest number of weed types. Ortho Weed- B- Gone is a decent product for weed elimination; is offered at a fair price; and kills a good number of weeds. If you can get past the speed issue, you will see that it does do what it claims. It does eliminate a large number of weeds and it kills them, roots and all, so that the same weed cannot grow back. It’s a good product overall but it is no substitute for some of the better products that kill most weeds in less than half the time.


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