Pre-Emergent

When you think of weed control, you probably think of spotting a weed in the yard and nuking it with a product like Round-Up, right? Well, that’s part of weed control, but ideally, it’d be better to not spot spray weeds in your yard at all because they didn’t even get the chance to grow in the first place!

What we’re going to talk about today is pre-emergent.
Pre-Emergent = Before the weeds emerge.

Pre-emergents are selective herbicides designed to target specific weeds prior to their germination (right when they start growing from a seed). They do not affect the grass, but greatly reduce the presence of weeds. When we apply pre-emergent to your lawn in the early spring months, you’ll have season-long control of summer annual weeds, such as Georgia’s infamous crabgrass. When applied in the late fall and winter months, a pre-emergent will control most winter annual weeds such as poa annua (bluegrass) and wild violet.

Pre-emergent herbicides are essential for healthy lawns. They do not control all weeds that pop up, but they are highly effective for the most common weeds. Stay one step ahead of weeds by making sure that an expert technician from Absolute Green Landscaping is there to apply the necessary pre-emergents!

But don’t get ahead of yourself, pre-emergents are recommended ONLY for grasses that have been established for a full growing season (Bermuda grass) or in the case of some grasses (like Zoysia grass) a full year. Severe damage to your lawn can result if a preemergent herbicide is applied to newly laid sod. Cultivating a healthy beautiful lawn is a patience game, likewise, if you didn’t get any pre-emergent applied in the late-fall to early-spring period, don’t panic! You can still take action this growing season by making sure your grass is properly fertilized, watered, and cut regularly so it outgrows the weeds competing for space and sunshine.

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