Is it too late to apply a pre-emergent to my lawn and flower beds since it’s Fall?
Weeds – We all hate them, but we all have them. I am going to share with you an easy way to kill weeds in your flower beds – it will work using either an organic or a chemical weed spray. If done correctly there will be no more crawling around in your bed pulling weeds, no more aching backs or ruined manicures.
What you will need: Your weed killer of choice mixed up in a sprayer, a large piece of cardboard and a helper. You will be spraying weeds in your flower bed, but don’t panic…..done correctly it will not harm your plants or shrubs – and here’s why.
The Secret: The poison is absorbed through the foliage of the weed – it travels down through the plant into the roots and kills it from the root up. Think of the spray as a bullet. If a bullet hits you – you die. If the bullet zings past you – you are unharmed. This works on the same principle.
The Fun Part: So step into your flower bed and use the cardboard as a barrier between you and your “good” plants. You can spray all around your bed by shielding your shrubs with the cardboard – this is where the helper comes into play. They can maneuver the cardboard around your plants while you spray the weeds. It doesn’t take very long to accomplish spraying even large beds.
This method is very effective on both nut grass and Bermuda grass along with other weeds. Over a period of time the number of weeds that reappear will decrease. If you combine spraying with broadcasting a pre-emergent weed killer throughout your flower bed quarterly you will eventually be almost weed free.
Tips and Hints:
- When mixing your poison add a spreader sticker to your sprayer. This helps the poison stick to the weed and not drip off onto the ground so more poison is absorbed into the weed and it is killed faster.
- Choose a non-windy time to spray to help prevent overspray from floating through the air to good plants.
- If you do happen to spray a good plant by accident wash it off with the water hose. The plant could be cosmetically damaged but the root ball of the plant will not be effected.
- Do not weed eat prior to spraying since the foliage is what absorbs the poison.
Is it too late to apply a pre-emergent to my lawn and flower beds?
No, this is the perfect time to broadcast pre-emergent granules on your lawn and flower beds to help prevent warm season weeds from germinating and growing this summer. Remember to do so again in the Fall to help prevent cool season weeds. Your lawn will be so much healthier when it isn’t competing for nutrients and water with ugly weeds.
Neil Sperry suggests using a pre-emergent with Dimension as the active ingredient. There are several products that include Dimension and we’ve found one that works in both lawns and flower beds which has a higher concentration than many on the market – thus saving you money. Bring us your lawn and bed dimensions (pardon the pun) and we’ll calculate how much you need.
A Pre-Emergent lawn care product eliminates weeds at the earliest stage of growth — before you even see them. Several key factors are important to consider if you want to use this type of weed killer effectively.
Here in East Texas, because our weather is all over the place, it is recommended to put it down every 3 to 4 months.
Here are some things you can do now to help your lawn and garden look it’s best this coming Spring!
1. Get Your Tools Ready
The right tool for the job can make the difference between a job taking an hour, or taking all day.
The tools you need will depend on what you are wanting to accomplish in your garden but here are some of the basics:
*Large and/or small clippers for trimming large branches and
pruning small plants
*Shovel (and wheelbarrow if needed for moving larger objects
*Hand trowel for smaller holes, and for loosening and spreading
*Large rake and/or hand rake, both are needed to clear your
garden loosen soil and clean plant beds
*Knee pads so you can garden, for longer, more comfortably
2. Prepare your soil
You might not be able to plant that veggie garden, or those gerber daisies you’re looking forward to, but you can prepare for them! Soil can make the difference between a thriving garden and a struggling one.
3. Clear Your Lawn and Garden
Better to do this now than pushing it off till spring. Rake your lawn and garden clear of the debris and dead plants from winter and add it to your compost.
4. Prep Your Perennials
If you didn’t already do so in the fall, prune the perennials that need it. If you have questions of whether it needs trimming, email us a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weed while topsoil is still damp, not because it’s easier, but to get to the weeds before they seed other parts of your lawn. Do not add weeds to your compost though, because then you’ll just be re-feeding the weeds back into your garden! Also, make sure to put out a pre-emergent! This will kill the weeds before they even sprout!
6. Mulch Mulch Mulch
Mulch is like a multivitamin for your garden. You can live without it, but everything blossoms better and has more vitality with mulch. It not only conserves water, but cools plant roots, feeds the soil over time and helps smother weeds.
7. Finishing Edge
An often overlooked step, edging your garden is like a trim between haircuts. It just makes things look much more polished and put together. A good edge, especially on borders and between flower beds and lawn, is that finishing touch that will elevate your garden’s look and appeal.
Now that everything’s ready, all that’s left to do is just wait for that moment when you can plunge your hands back into the soil!