Maybe you’ve been reading our recent blogs about vegetation control and you’ve decided to invest some time into it. This is a great first step! So now you’re wondering, “when is the best time to start?” This is a tough question to answer. Weed prevention and vegetation control is a year-round job. It’s something you should keep an eye on at all times. The easiest way to answer this question is to say that there is a most important time to keep up on vegetation control: fall. There are a few reasons why fall is the most important time to start vegetation control and you can read about a few below:
Preventative Vegetation Control
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “the best offense is a good defense”. This is absolutely true when it comes to keeping your yard or garden free of unwanted vegetation. Most plants bloom in the spring, and are dormant in the fall/winter months. During this time, it’s a great idea to lay down some pre-emergent herbicides. Pre-emergent herbicides are chemicals that are used to prevent weeds from growing before they emerge above the surface. Even just reading that definition should help you understand a little more about why fall is the best season for vegetation control. Wouldn’t you rather have your unwanted vegetation taken out before it even reaches the surface? This way you never even have to see them. Pre-emergent herbicides should be laid down during late fall, to give them time to settle into place, but not so much time that they are disturbed before winter arrives, and the pests start developing underground. It’s a good idea to consult a professional before using these herbicides to make sure you use the best product for your plants and do so at just the right time.
Although fall can be a busy time for humans, with back to school events upon us, this is a slower season for yards and gardens. Because most of the plants in your yard haven’t bloomed yet, you should have less of a hands-on approach during these months. This should free up some time for you to do some of the preventative work I mentioned before. Investing a little time in fall can end up saving you a ton of hard work and time in the busy spring and summer seasons.
Setting the stage for a bountiful spring
No one expects your lawn and garden to be full of color and blossoms during fall, but in order to get the best results during spring and summer, you need to lay the groundwork during your plants’ “down time”. Do your research during this time, and consider having a professional do a consultation. Ask them which herbicides will take care of unwanted vegetation that you’re expecting. If you’ve planted something new, ask about which unwanted pests and vegetation you might expect. It’s also a good idea to ask about fertilizer and nutrients that might be good for your yard. Fall is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for your yard’s healthiest spring yet.