Why is Vegetation Control Important in Fall and Winter?

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Why is Vegetation Control Important in Fall and Winter? | The Experienced GardenerWeeds and unwanted vegetation might seem like a summer problem. Unfortunately, just because you made it through the summer doesn’t mean your weed prevention work is over. Although there are some weeds that will sprout up during winter, you’re correct in thinking that there are a lot less actually germinating during this time.

However, the main thing to focus on during the fall and winter months when it comes to vegetation control is prevention.

Winter annual weeds such as Deadnettle and Henbit are weeds that germinate in the fall and winter and grow actively in spring. Because these plants begin their growth mid September, it’s important to invest in some preventative chemical vegetation control in the early weeks of the month.

Pre-emergent herbicides are a great way to battle winter annual weeds. These can either be a granular type chemical or a standard spray. Either way, these herbicides work by creating a layer beneath your lawn or soil that is poisonous to weeds. Once the layer is in place properly, it’s ready to do battle against those pesky winter annuals weeds.  In mid-september when they germinate, they will come into contact with the poisonous layer, and die out before they even break the surface of your lawn.

It’s important to remember that after the herbicide is laid down, it should not be disturbed with tilling or hoeing that you would normally do in your garden, as those activities would break up the poisonous layer.

As always with herbicides, it’s essential that you choose the right product for both the health of your desired plants. It’s also important when selecting to know what kind of weeds you’re dealing with, which can be difficult to know before they’ve fully germinated, so if you’re having trouble identifying the problem, it might be a good idea to call in a lawn and gardening expert to do a consultation.

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