Weeds, like many plants, enter an energy absorbing phase when autumn rolls around. They need all the nutrients they can get to weather the winter. That’s what makes it prime time to prevent these unwelcome invaders. Here’s what you need to know about fall weed control.
Know Your Weeds
Fall is the ultimate time to target annuals and the more persistent perennial weeds. Perennials, like dandelion and clover, live for several years. After the plant above ground dies off in the fall, the roots remain during the winter, and give life to a new plant in spring. This makes it difficult to completely eradicate the weeds. However, it also makes them an easy target for weed killers. Just as they eagerly absorb nutrients during the fall, these perennials drink in the chemicals in weed killers.
Know Your Chemical Weed Killers
For successful fall weed control, it’s important to choose the appropriate herbicide. If you want to kill both annual and perennial weeds you want a combination of pre- and post-emergent herbicides. Weeds waiting to sprout fall prey to the pre-emergent chemicals, while already established plants are targeted by the post-emergents. The most effective weed killer contains several different types of herbicides to target a variety of plants. Pay attention to the labels. If it’s a selective herbicide, it only targets the weeds it lists on the package. A non-selective herbicide kills everything in its path, so be careful when using it near grass or other plants.
Know Your Natural Weed Killers
If you want a more natural approach to killing weeds, there are some options, but repeated treatments are often necessary. Making your own natural homemade herbicide is inexpensive, efficient, and safer for you and the environment. Try a vinegar solution on these invaders. A water-based blend of salt, vinegar, and dish soap packs a powerful punch on weeds, especially if the water you use is boiling hot.
Know When to Call in an Expert for Fall Weed Control
The key to successful fall weed control is persistence. If you don’t have the time and energy, call Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone] today. We offer a unique seven step program to control weeds and help you achieve a healthy, lush lawn.