It’s common knowledge that spring and summer are the busiest months for anyone with a yard. Most plants blossom in the spring, and along with the beauty and aesthetics of the plants you love come the work and diligence of weed control. However, there are several things during the fall months to keep your yard on the right track during winter, as well as reduce the hard work you’ll have to do come next spring. Vegetation control is an important step during fall. Here are a few reasons why, and some tips to help you along the way.
Prepping for spring
One of the best ways to practice vegetation control is preventative or pre-emergent control methods. This means preparing your yard for the weeds that you know are coming in the future, but have yet to start sprouting up. Winter annual weeds are weeds that start growing in winter and burst out of the ground in spring. One of the best ways to practice pre-emergent vegetation control is by laying down a poisonous layer of herbicide that sits below the surface of your lawn and stops the weeds from growing when they sprout up in spring. It’s important to use this method during late fall in order for it to be effective, so be careful about doing it too early. Also make sure you’re choosing the right product, and consult a professional if you’re unsure of which to use.
Keep winter weeds away
Just because your desired plants are dormant during the winter doesn’t mean all vegetation is. Certain weeds tend to develop in winter months such as grasses and broadleaf varieties. If you’ve dealt with these pests in the past, make sure you’re prepared for them this year. Any damage they do to your yard in the winter can have devastating effects on it during the spring and summer months as well. You might not be yielding the best results possible if you’re not keeping an eye out for weeds year round, including fall and winter. Prepping your lawn with pre-emergent herbicides and getting rid any unwanted vegetation right away is essential.
Even if plants and trees grow less in the fall and winter, it’s still important to keep an eye on branches or overgrowth that might cause safety hazards for people or wildlife in your community. Manually removing larger overgrowths can be difficult, and even damaging to the surrounding plants if not done correctly, so make sure you do research and consult a professional if it seems like it might be a dangerous undertaking.
Making sure your yard or garden is under control is always important, not only for the sake of your desired plants, but for the wellbeing of the people and wildlife around you. As always, it’s important to be fully informed about the plants and weeds you’re dealing with before taking on this project, so always make sure you read about, search and ask any questions you have beforehand.