If you are struggling with weeds in Texas you are not alone. Texas is a wonderful place because we have some of the best weather in the USA, but it is much harder to control weeds in Texas because we have unique weather patterns that are favorable to weeds.
Before we can talk about how to get the best possible weed control in Texas we should first talk about why weeds are so bad to begin with. The reason we have year round weeds is because we have warm temperatures in the spring and summer which create ideal growing conditions to warm season weeds and we have cool season temperatures in the winter which make it possible for cool season weeds to grow in the winter. The main difference between Texas and northern climates, however is that even though it gets cold in the winter, it does not get so cold that all the weeds die.
Weed Control Factors
In addition to the fact that we have cool season weeds (weeds that thrive in cooler temperatures) and warm season weeds (weeds that thrive in warmer temperatures) we also have broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds. Broadleaf weeds are “flower like” and grassy weeds are “grassy like”. Actually, broadleaf weeds are flowers or plants but because they grow in turf we call them weeds or pests. Similarly, grassy weeds are grass but because it is a different type of grass it looks awkward or offensive and therefore we classify them as weeds.
The best way to control all weeds in Texas is to apply both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control in the lawn. Pre-emergent weed control is a preventative weed control that should be applied twice per year: once in the fall (September) to prevent cool season weeds that grow in October, November, and December and once in the late winter (January, February) to prevent warm season weeds that grow in April, May and June. Post-emergent weed control products can be applied any time of year to control weeds after they have grown in the yard.
When selecting which weed control to use you must know what weeds you are trying to control and what turf you have. For example, many herbicides are harmful to St. Augustine but are very effective in Bermuda grass. When selecting your weed control products you should read the label because it will tell you what weeds it will control, when to apply it, how to mix it and most importantly when not to apply it.
If you are not sure what type of weeds you have or what type of grass you have in your yard it is very important to call a professional lawn care company instead. If you know what you are doing weed control is quite easy, but if you are not sure you are best to leave the job to the professionals.
Speaking of the Weed Control Pros…
If you’d rather leave the weed control, lawn care, and fertilizing to us, we’d be happy to help. If you’d like the best lawn on the block, our goal is to help you get it!