When it comes to the effectiveness of your lawn care treatments, timing is everything. Read on for our comprehensive guide to pre-emergent herbicides for Northern Virginia lawns.
Applying pre-emergent herbicides at the right time is crucial for effective weed control. In Northern Virginia, it is best to use these early in the year. We typically recommend February and March. Here is a guide to help you understand when and how to apply a pre-emergent herbicide for effective weed control throughout the growing season.
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Understanding the weed life cycle
As with all lawn care, timing is key. Warmer temperatures lead to a resurgence of growth in our lawns. Unfortunately, this includes new weed growth. Weeds typically grow quickly, spread to new territory, persist through difficult environmental periods, and broadleaf weeds flower prolifically in the spring.
For this reason, it’s crucial to apply pre-emergent herbicides before weeds have a chance to flower and seed. A general guideline for Northern Virginia residents is to apply herbicide when soil temperatures reach a consistent 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Practical application of pre-emergent herbicides
Select a pre-emergent herbicide that targets the specific weeds you wish to control. Follow label instructions carefully for application rates to ensure effectiveness in controlling weeds while avoiding damage to your turf.
Before applying, prepare your lawn by removing existing tap root weeds and debris. Then mow your property to a recommended height and consider aeration if your soil is compact to ensure treatment penetrates the soil.
Most pre-emergent herbicides are applied using a spreader. This will guarantee even application across your lawn. Water your lawn lightly after application to activate the herbicide.
What’s involved in proper aftercare?
We find that applying a post-emergent weed treatment enhances the effectiveness of your pre-emergent treatment. Pre-emergent herbicide prevents weed seeds from germinating but will not control previously established weeds. Manual weed removal combined with post-emergent herbicide treatment should work if you have existing weeds.
Proper lawn care is also essential to maintaining a lush lawn, as healthy and dense grass helps to suppress weed growth. Consider regular mowing, watering, fertilizer application, thatch removal, aeration, and overseeding to maintain healthy growth.
Ready to connect with a trusted lawn service?
With our guide to weed control, you can have your healthiest lawn this season. Our professional team is available to help ensure unmatched results at a fair price. Give Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service Inc. a call to discuss your specific requirements, desired frequency of service, and any other landscaping services you may need to keep your property looking its absolute best. We’re sure you’ll be amazed at the results.
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