Texas Lawns Need Pre-Emergent Weed Control In January/February & Again In September
In January and February Texas lawns are dormant so many people are not thinking about lawn care. However, it is during January and February that homeowners should be thinking about putting down pre-emergent weed control. A pre-emergent weed control is a preventative weed control. It is a barrier that prevents weeds from growing. Pre-emergents applied in January and February should prevent warm season weeds (weeds that grow in spring and summer) from growing in the spring time. If applied correctly, they will prevent up to 75% of all potential weeds.
The next time of year that pre-emergent weed control should be applied is in September. This is because the winter applications would have worn off by September and another application is required to prevent the cool season weeds (weeds that germinate in fall and winter). Applying the right pre-emergent at the right time of year can mean the difference between a thick weed free lawn and a thin weedy lawn. At Dr. Green Services (at the time of writing this blog) our preferred product of choice is Specticle. We like Specticle because it prevents a very broad range of weeds from growing and we also find that it is very effective.
Always Water In Your Pre-Emergent Weed Control
Once pre-emergent weed control products have been applied it is very important that they be watered in for 20 to 30 minutes. This will ensure that they make there way into the soil profile where the weed barrier is formed. The reason that it is so critical to water it in is that it is water activated.
A Word Of Caution: Don’t Apply Pre-Emergent Weed Control On Bare Spots
Many people are tempted to apply pre-emergent weed control on bare spots because this is where weeds most commonly grow however, this is a very bad idea. Pre-emergent’s not only prevent weeds from growing but they can also prevent grass from growing. Therefore, the bare spots will not properly thicken up when temperatures warm. It is much better to let the bare areas fill in with grass and tolerate some weeds than it is to prevent the weeds but leave the area bare.
Prefer to Leave Weed Control to the Pros?
At Dr. Green, our goal is to make sure that your lawn is truly a thing to be proud of. That’s why our team of trained lawn maintenance professionals is here to help whether you need weed control or any other lawn care service.