Weed control feels like a never-ending fight, but there are ways to care for your lawn that will help you manage the weeds better throughout the year. Fall weed control is one of those techniques. Here are a few tips on controlling the weeds this fall so your lawn isn’t overrun with weeds in the spring.
Wouldn’t it be nice to keep weeds from sprouting in your yard? Let me introduce you to pre-emergent weed spray. This special type of weed control attacks the seeds of these opportunistic plants before they have a chance to sprout.
Pre-emergent sprays create a barrier on your lawn, stopping weed seeds from sprouting. This is a great service for your lawn in the fall because this is the time of year when broadleaf weeds like clover and dandelions start to sprout again. Once the weeds start going to seed, use a pre-emergent weed spray to neutralize the seeds.
It’s important to note that pre-emergent weed sprays will have no effect on weeds that have already sprouted. For those, you’ll need something a little different.
The fall is known for a specific type of weeds, broadleaf weeds. These weeds come in many different shapes and sizes but the characteristics they all share are wide leaves with a vein down the middle that branches off into smaller veins. Besides that, broadleaf weeds vary greatly. They can be annuals or perennials, have clusters of small flowers or large individual flowers, grow from seeds or from rhizomes (underground roots).
Broadleaf weeds are a problem in the fall because this is often the time for their second bloom of the year. While hand-pulling is an effective way to get rid of these newly sprouting weeds, it’s a time-consuming and grueling chore. Not to mention feeling pretty futile when you find new crops popping up all the time. Using a post-emergent broadleaf weed control on your lawn in the fall is a great way to eliminate this second wave of weeds.
Fall weed control is essential to maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the winter. It will also help you in the long run by keeping the weed population down, making your spring lawn care much more manageable. Investing in a lawn care program from LawnLab will ensure your lawn gets the right weed treatments at the right time of year.