Fall Pre-emergent Weed Control

posted on August 29th, 2013 by

Don’t attack the weed, kill the seed. A pre-emergent weed killer applied in the spring and fall will help eliminate most weeds before the weed emerges by killing the weed seeds.  

Fall weed controls the winter annuals which germinate in autumn or winter, then bloom in winter or spring. Some of the most common winter annuals are chickweed, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, wild mustard, prickly lettuce, annual bluegrass, etc.

You would need to know what type of weed(s) you want to eliminate in order to pick a product that is going to be effective on your weed(s). There are 2 types of weeds leaves broadleaf and grassy; the same herbicide may not be effective on both types of weeds.  It would be best if you check with your local nursery and inquire what type of weed control is recommended. If you are using an organic product such as our Gluten-8, it can be applied to any type of grass and used in any state.

Many weed killers may have a specific timing or temperature requirements.   Fall weed control is usually done in early October.It is also very important to know what type of grass you have, not every product is safe for all types of grasses. 

Remember, to read the entire label of whatever product you choose and follow the instructions for applying. Do not increase the recommended dosage, thinking this will help to kill more of the weeds or kill them quicker.  Instead you could end up killing your lawn.

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2 Responses to “Fall Pre-emergent Weed Control”

  1. Steve Nardoni Says:

    January 11th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    What type of weed control can I use in the Spring, March, before the weeds come up, that will not hurt my zoysia while it is still dormat?
    The past 2 years I have applied Scotts with Halts in March significantly stunted the zoysia through the entire growing season.
    Thank you.

  2. admin Says:

    January 13th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hi Steve,
    You can apply a pre-emergent on your lawn, just be sure it is not mixed with a fertilizer, like a weed & feed. The fertilizer in many of these types of products can be harmful to zoysia grass. To fertilze your zoysia lawn, a water soluble fertilizer is best.

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