Are you dreaming of spring? There’s a lot to love about spring: green grass kissed with dew, flowers in bloom, birds chirping in the trees. One thing that’s less fun about the spring landscape? Weeds cropping up right, left, and center. Stomp out spring weeds early this year with a proper application of pre-emergent herbicides.
A pre-emergent is an herbicide landscapers apply before weeds sprout. Its purpose is to prevent weeds like crabgrass and goosegrass from germinating and infesting the lawn. Pre-emergents are a more effective way of killing weeds before they take root. Once a weed has sprouted, applying pre-emergents is pointless, but if you catch them at the right time, you can keep your yard fresh, green, and crabgrass free.
When to Apply Pre-Emergents
When should you apply pre-emergents in Georgia? Landscapers can control winter weeds by applying pre-emergents in September. If you live near Atlanta, the best time to apply spring pre-emergents is early March. This gives the chemicals plenty of time to work before summer weeds crop up. Timing is the key to controlling crabgrass. Of course, the weather isn’t always consistent, so monitor the ground temperatures for that sweet spot (about 52 degrees). This may occur anytime between mid-February to mid-March, but you can mark your calendar for pre-emergent applications around March 1st.
Pre-Emergents after a Warm Winter
In years like this one, when the winter has been unseasonably warm, it’s reasonable to ask, “Should I apply pre-emergents early?” Because the temperatures aren’t consistently warm, hold off on spring herbicides. The periodic deep-freezes should keep crabgrass seedlings from germinating before their time.
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