Keeping Weeds Under Control
posted on March 26th, 2014 by Zoysia Farms
How do you control them? Tried pulling, spraying, digging, etc. but they keep coming back!
The first line of defense against the weed is to know what type of weed(s) you have. Most weeds are either summer or winter annuals or perennials. Summer annual weeds emerge when the soil temperatures warm up and germinate throughout the summer, finally dying out by frost. Winter annual weeds germinate in the fall and winter, and then actively grow during the spring, dying out once the hot summer temperatures arrive. Perennials are a weed that grows for many years and does not die after flowering. These weeds store food in underground parts keeping them alive during the winter and emerging in the spring.
Through out the year, one type of weed or another is dropping seeds and germinating. The seeds fall into your soil or can be blown in from a neighbor’s yard or other areas around your home. The key to controlling the weeds and keeping them under control year after year is to destroy the seed! The easiest and best way to kill weed seeds is by applying a pre-emergent, like our Gluten 8. Applying a pre-emergent several times a year will help eliminate and control most weeds. Keep in mind different weeds go to seed at different times, so it will take multiple applications.
For the few seeds and weeds that may survive you can apply a post emergent on the weed once it has emerged from the ground.
Remember to always check the label of any product that you apply and see if it is safe for zoysia lawns.