Things change outside as the weather cools and spring fades into fall. If you look around you will see that the bright colors of spring and summer are changing to the muted colors of the fall and spring. Some of these changes are welcomed while others are dreaded. One of the things cooler weather brings that many homeowners appreciate is the slowdown in yard maintenance duties. Your grass goes dormant in the winter which means that you get a break from mowing every weekend.
Even better than that is the fact that weeds seem to slow down as well once is cools down. Does this mean that weeds go away in the fall and winter? The answer to this question is yes and no. You will get a break from weeds but that does not mean that they have completely gone away.
A much needed break from pesky weeds
Weeds do generally give homeowners a break once it cools down. In the spring and summer it is not uncommon to see weeds pop back up less than a week after mowing. It is a frustrating fact for homeowners and creates a lot of work for people who want to maintain an attractive yard. Thankfully, the colder weather provides a much needed reprieve from these fast growing weeds. Both your grass and the weeds will slow down their growth rate or may go complete dormant during the fall and winter. You should enjoy the break but still consider what you can do now to minimize your weed problems in the future.
Out of sight but not completely gone
You will see fewer weeds as the cool weather moves in but that does not mean the weeds are completely gone. In fact, many types of weeds simply take a break during the cool weather and reappear in the spring. They spend the winter germinating or conserving their energy in order to survive until spring. This is why weeds come back so quickly in the spring-they never really left. If you want to prevent this from happening you have to deal with the root of the problem now. You can have your yard treated chemically in the fall to kill off weeds that are trying to hang around until spring. The most effective option is to work with a lawn care professional who has access to the chemicals and tools needed to quickly and effectively treat your yard for weeds.
In order to have a truly ‘weed-free’ yard you have to be proactive throughout the year. Do preventative weed maintenance during the fall and winter and then treat any weeds that made it through once spring arrives. One of the best ways to accomplish your goal is to have regularly scheduled lawn care throughout the year.