What is Pre-Emergent Weed Control?

Temperatures are rising, and as long as this trend continues, warm season grasses like Zoysia and Bermuda will be coming out of dormancy within the next few weeks. Unfortunately, we’re also coming upon the time when weeds are beginning to germinate (or start sprouting and developing roots). The good news is that at Turf Shield, we can help you get ahead of the game with pre-emergent weed control.

What is Pre-Emergent Weed ControlWhat is pre-emergent weed control?

There are plenty of products and methods we can use to make your yard as weed-free as possible, and one strategy we often recommend is to stop weeds before they’re actually visible with pre-emergent weed control. As the name suggests, these products target weeds before they ever “emerge” and appear from the ground by creating a barrier in the soil which kills the weed as it begins to germinate and grow. The specific option we will use on your lawn will depend on factors like the specific types of weeds which typically grow in your yard.

What are the advantages to using pre-emergent weed control?

One of the most attractive features of pre-emergent weed control, of course, is that you never have to see the weeds develop. Though the treatment may not reach every weed seed, you’ll drastically cut down on the number of weeds you’ll see throughout the season. Another positive point to this strategy is that pre-emergent weed control is a rather low-maintenance plan. Using a pre-emergent in your lawn care plan can limit the number of weed-pulling sessions and additional treatments you’ll need for months.

Can I do my own pre-emergent weed control?

There are products available which you can use to pre-emptively treat your lawn, but for the safest and most successful results, it’s best to work with a professional. Remember, to always follow the directions on the product label very carefully. Some products can do more harm than good if used incorrectly, and some can also stain your concrete or other stone landscaping. The timing and precision of administering the treatment are also crucial to getting the results you’re looking for, so going the DIY route could cost you more time and money later if the treatment is ineffective, if you use a chemical which targets the wrong kinds of weeds, or if it stunts your new grass’ growth.

Your lawn’s health is much like your own health – prevention is key and can save you a significant amount of work, stress, time, and money in the long run. To discuss how we can give you a more enjoyable law year-round, schedule an appointment with Turf Shield. Or, for more helpful lawn care tips, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.