What is Vegetation Control?

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

What is Vegetation Control? | The Experienced GardenerVegetation Control is the process of ridding a space of undesired plants, weed and other vegetation.  While this might seem like something you can take care of on a Saturday morning in your gardening sweats, this process can actually be quite tricky to get right on the first shot.

Why do I need Vegetation Control?

There are many purposes behind vegetation control but the main three are aesthetic, safety and health of desired vegetation.


Visually, weeds can ruin the look of an entire garden or yard. Most people who spend time on their garden have carefully planned where each of their crops will grow in order to maintain a specific look they had in mind. Weeds and other unplanned growths can cause the space to lose what might have been an otherwise lovely display. This can be especially concerning for a space that needs to be marketed, such as a house going up for sale or a resort that welcomes new guests every day.


Unwanted vegetation can actually be a safety hazard. For example, an overgrowth of weeds can covers up a road sign that drivers need to see before making the next turn. On a smaller scale, weeds might cover up the ground and make it hard for children to see rocks or tree roots that they can trip over.

Health of Desired Vegetation:

Undesired plants are also referred to as “competing vegetation”. Weeds that sprout up near desired plants can start to soak up resources such as water, sunlight and vitamins that the original plant needs to grow.

Methods of Vegetation Control

The amount of control needed depends on the space, as well as the types and severity of the unwanted plants.  There are three methods of Vegetation Control: mowing, trimming (often with mechanical equipment) and chemical.


The upside of mowing or trimming unwanted vegetation as opposed to using a chemical is a reduced use of chemicals around desired vegetation, as well as children and pets. Another reason some vegetation requires this method over a chemical one is the severity. A huge overgrowth of weeds over a large span of land is much easier to mow than to go over with herbicides.

Chemical Control

The chemical method of Vegetation Control uses herbicides to speed up, halt or alter the weed’s normal growth patterns by either drying out or causing the plant to drop it’s leaves. It’s very important to choose the right product to use in this method, since the wrong product can ruin plants that you actually do want in your space.

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