This Is What You Should Do in Winter to Fight Weeds Before They Pop Up
Come February, winter may seem endless, but rest assured – spring is right around the corner! With spring, however, come the inevitable fighting spring weeds in your lawn and garden areas. This winter, take these simple steps to get a jump on controlling your weeds.
1. Pre-treat your lawn and garden.
Pre-treating now with a quality pre-emergent solution can prevent weeds from appearing this spring. Choose one designed to tackle your problem weeds – whether it’s crabgrass, dandelions or others. Many solutions need to be sprayed while soil temps are between 30 and 50 degrees, so pay attention to local soil reports. If you wait too long, you may miss your opportunity to pre-treat. It’s usually best to contact the experts to make sure your weed spraying will be successful.
2. Pull existing weeds.
Get a jump on your weed treatment by using an unseasonably warm day or two to get out there and pull up weeds leftover from the last growing season before they have time to proliferate. Obviously a time with relatively warm soil and without snow on the ground is best. Try to remove as much of the plant as possible, without dropping seeds into your work area.
3. Spot treat new growth.
Even after you’ve pre-treated and pulled weeds, you can spot treat tiny new growths. Use a good solution and avoid contaminating the surrounding plants or grass, as plants are still susceptible to damage during the winter.
4. Keep areas covered.
To prevent weeds from germinating, keep your winter grass as healthy as possible – watch for adequate moisture and nutrition. Consider mulching bare ground areas within your garden or around landscaped areas to prevent weeds from sprouting in the spring.
These are just a few tips for preventing winter weed growth, but they can help you get ahead so you’re not overwhelmed when spring arrives. For more information on winter lawn and garden weed control contact Don’s Pest and Weed Control today.