"IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR AN HERBICIDE!"
Treat yourself to the idea of getting a head start on weed control this year! Before those pesky weeds get started in your lawn and shrubs, get a winter jump on keeping them under control.
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First Think Pre-Emergent! A pre-emergent herbicide is for weeds ready to germinate but have not yet sprouted. Don't wait for the weeds to start growing, a pre-emergent herbicide will not do the trick then. If they have started to grow, you would need to pull them first and/or use a post-emergent control. A pre-emergent can treat spring crabgrass during winter months. If timing and weather permit, you can include this application at the same time as other herbicides.
Weed Control is Important
Do you have a problem with grassy weeds, broadleaf weeds, or both? Grassy weeds are those weeds with slender leaves and terminal seed heads. These weeds include dallisgrass, sandbur, crabgrass, and other grasses. Broadleaf weeds are just as they suggest, with broad leaves, such as clovers, henbit, asters, spurge, plus any others that are not grass-like.
Dealing with Crabgrass
It is important to apply pre-emergent before germination or, in the case of crabgrass, before it reaches the two-leaf stage. Crabgrass germination occurs when the soil temperature reaches 60° to 65° F for three to four consecutive days at a 1.3-inch depth. This condition generally occurs when night temperatures exceed 55° for three to four consecutive nights. Adequate soil moisture, light intensity and abundant sunlight near the soil are also needed for germination to occur.
When should a pre-emergent weed control be applied? Well, this depends. The best rule of thumb may be to apply your first round of pre-emergent herbicide when the forsythia blooms. It is one of the first things that bloom in late February to early March. This application of pre-emergent, typically, is going to be used to control grassy weeds such as crabgrass.
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Choosing a Fertilizer
Finally, it's time to decide what type of product to use. With so many products on the market, it's hard to go by brand name alone. In addition, you do not need to use a "weed and feed," or fertilizer plus weed control, in February or March. Warm season lawns do not need fertilizer until the first of April, so all you are doing is fertilizing weeds.
In addition, without the advantage of a lawn maintenance expert, be sure to always soil test to see what type of fertilizer you actually need. For pre-emergent grass control and some broadleaves, products containing benefin, benefin plus trifluralin, bensulide, dithiopyr, pendamethalin, oryzalin, or prodiamine are recommended.
Use a Reliable Lawn Care Company
If you're doing this yourself, always read the label for special weather or soil conditions. You should always remember to follow the label instructions when using herbicides because not only can they control weeds, but also they can potentially harm nearby plants and can pollute ground water when used improperly or in large quantities. Consider contacting Pleasant Landscapes, or an expert you trust, to have your property assessed and customize a unique plan to help control your weeds.
Act now as 'It's A Good Day for an Herbicide'!!!
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