You've heard the saying, timing is everything. Well, to tackle those pesky weeds it's true! Here in North Texas NOW is the time to apply pre-emergent to your lawns. Perfectly Green Lawncare tells us how this works and some successful tips!
How Pre-Emergents Work
The herbicides that are contained in a pre-emergent treatment application create, in essence, a barrier of vapor that destroys weeds before they are germinated. Pre-emergents used in residential mixtures often come in granular form and are mixed with fertilizer.
The timing of your pre-emergent application is vital to their effectiveness. Strategic timing is absolutely required so your weeds can be controlled prior to their emergence from the soil. If you decide to do your application yourself, a broadcast spreader will work perfectly fine.
Neil Sperry- the Texas horticulture guru, has a lot of helpful information on keeping your Texas landscaping and gardening alive and thriving. He recommends getting your pre-emergent down before September 10th this year!
Tips for Successful Treatment
Though it may seem counterintuitive, pre-emergent treatments are not effective against existing weeds, only weeds that have yet to be germinated. To control existing weeds, we recommend a few things such as pulling the weeds, application of weed killer or hiring a lawn service to treat and eradicate your weeds and other lawn pests.
To ensure the success of and proper execution of destroying weeds before they grow, you must follow the manufacturer's instructions to a T. The ratio of fertilizer to herbicide must be precise, and the spread of the solution must be as even as possible. It really needs to be like a blanket to smother the weeds, so to speak.
The last step in do-it-yourself pre-emergent weed control is to water in the solution. If the herbicide doesn’t get properly watered, which generally is about a half-inch of rainwater or 45 minutes to an hour of solid sprinkler time, the vapor barrier will not form and weeds will once again own your yard. Don’t you want to be the owner of your yard? Well, if this is too much work, hire a professional lawn service to help beautify your lawn. You’ll be very glad you did.
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