Your All-Encompassing Guide to Spring Weed Control
May 3, 2022
Spring is one of the best times of the year for anybody who enjoys spending their days outside. And if you enjoy growing plants or flowers, it’s really a time to look forward to. Unfortunately, as plants emerge from their stagnant winter state, weeds follow closely behind. And if you let those weeds get out of control, before you know it, you’ll be fighting them off all throughout the hot summer months. Preventative weeding is the way to go this spring! A little bit of spring care goes a long way to deter weeds.
We’ve been offering lawn care services in Mercer County, NJ, and other local communities for years, so we know what gardens and lawns truly need to flourish. Consider this your springtime weed control guide!
What You’ll Need
You’ll need the following for your weed control this spring:
- A lawn mower
- A spreader (broadcast spreaders are ideal for weed control)
- A dethatching rake
- A garden hose
- Pre-emergent herbicide (be sure to read the package to get enough for your lawn, and make sure either trifluralin or benefin is listed as an active ingredient)
- An empty, clean spray bottle
- A funnel you’re willing to dedicate to lawn care (since it will be used for chemicals)
- A 5-gallon bucket
- Protective gloves and safety glasses
- Nonionic surfactants such as laundry or dishwasher detergent, or a surfactant specifically designed for herbicide application (available at most gardening supply stores)
Mow, Mow, Mow!
You don’t need to wait to see weeds to begin weed control. Before weeds begin cropping up in your yard, mow the lawn at the appropriate height for your grass. If you didn’t grow grass yourself in your yard, consult the experts for advice about the ideal mowing height for your specific type of grass.
Dethatch and Dampen
Once you’ve mowed, use your dethatching rake to remove any loose grass on the lawn. This will make applying pre-emergent herbicides easier as it allows the herbicides to seep into the grass and begin working to deter weeds. Then, use the garden hose to dampen — but not soak — your lawn.
Study Your Spreader
Read the herbicide package to learn what setting your spreader should be used at. Adjust the spreader accordingly, then position the spreader at the edge of the lawn and get ready for weed prevention!
Prepare With Pre-Emergent Herbicides
Add your pre-emergent herbicide to the spreader, then push the spreader around your lawn in even rows to spread it around. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide helps prevent weeds from growing while still allowing your grass seed to stay healthy and strong.
Watch for Weeds!
You’re done — for now. As spring continues, keep a vigilant eye out for weeds. If you see any, take action swiftly. Wait for a mild day with little to no wind, don your protective gloves and safety glasses, then mix 2-3 tbsp of 2,4-D post-emergent herbicide with enough water to fill your 5-gallon bucket. Add 1 tsp of nonionic surfactant, then mix again. Transfer the mixture to your spray bottle with the funnel, then start spraying the weeds, coating each leaf carefully. Apply thoroughly, but don’t apply so much that the weeds drip.
Let the Lawn and Landscape Professionals Handle Everything
Do you need help with spring weed prevention or herbicide application? Many busy homeowners find tackling weed problems to be too time-consuming to fit into their hectic spring schedules. That’s where we come in! We’re happy to provide any and all lawn care services you might need, including weed control. Our technicians will treat your yard like their own and are always punctual, courteous, and focused on fair pricing. Banish weeds this spring and summer — get in touch with our team today!