Like death and taxes, weeds are an unavoidable part of life. They pop up in every garden no matter the size or variety. However, unlike the other unavoidable parts of life, there’s something you can actually do about them. Pre-emergent fertilization stops weeds in their tracks before they take over your property. It creates a powerful barrier all the while remaining easy to use and to find.
Blocks Weed Germination Fast
Pre-emergent fertilization, also known as pre-emergent herbicide, is used to prevent weeds from germinating. It is applied early before weeds have a chance to fully grow. The pre-emergent fertilization makes a barrier on top of the soil. This blocks weeds from germinating but does not actually kill the seed. For that reason, it’s important to reapply every year.
The advantage in this type of weed killer is that it takes all of the hard work out of the process. Removing weeds after they develop not only requires a lot of physical strength; it’s also much harder to get rid of the plant completely. Doing the work ahead of time definitely pays off in this case.
Works on Tough Weeds
Some weeds are harder than others to prevent or kill. Crabgrass is one of the most hated invaders in any garden. It grows fast and seems to reproduce over night. Instead of trying to remove it (an exhausting task), stop it before it starts. Apply pre-emergent fertilization by March 15th as crab grass and other summer weeds usually come to life when the temperature reaches over 50 degrees.
Don’t forget to water after applying. Doing so strengthens the barrier before the seeds begin to germinate. If you know the typical germination date of the weed you’re fighting, try to water at least one week before.
As you’ll need to reapply the pre-emergent fertilization, it’s important to carefully choose when. Besides March 15th, September 15th is another important date for many gardeners. Applying on this date will set up your garden for success in the upcoming year and prevent any sudden late growth from taking place.
Keep in mind your climate. While these dates are good to know, it depends on more than the weather. The temperature of the soil and the type of weed you’re battling matter as well. Be sure to research the weed, its typical germination date and desired soil temperature.
Best Practices to Kill Weeds
There are a few things you can do to maximize your success with this type of weed killer. Splitting applications helps ensure that a good barrier is created. You may have to repeat the process if you receive heavy rainfall. While water is important, too much can have the opposite desired effect and ruin the barrier.
With these best practices, you should be able to fully enjoy the benefits of pre-emergent fertilization. A garden with less weeds and more desirable plants is sure to bring a smile to any gardener’s face!
Macomb County Lawn Fertilization
If you need help with preventing weeds from taking over your lawn this year, Sinacori Landscaping is a full service landscaping company providing lawn fertilization in Macomb County and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at 248-651-5400.