Weed Control Isn’t Just for the Summer

Summer is long gone and so are the weeds…or are they?

Most of us aren’t thinking about yard work this time of year.  Plants are dormant and there’s no need to do any trimming.  We’re not spending much time outside unless it’s to look at our handiwork with our outdoor holiday decorations.  The main thing we’re seeing outside that needs to be done is raking up the leaves from our deciduous trees.

And, viagra sales try though you don’t see them, there are weed seeds tucked under the ground laying low during the winter until the spring weather starts to warm up so they can sprout and remind us that they’re still there.

You might wonder why I’d even be talking about weed seeds in the winter since we won’t see these weeds until March or April.  The reason is because there is something you can do about them now.  When we get winter rains, pre-emergent can be applied to help keep spring weed seeds from sprouting.

Weed Seeds from ohioline.osu.edu – Tucson Landscaper

Pre-emergent material creates a barrier between the weed seeds and the soil that prevents them from germinating.  Keep in mind that this material must be watered in by rain or by hand.  That’s why it’s so important to time it right.  If you don’t have rain, it doesn’t work.  Time it right and you reduce your spring weeds considerably and cut down on having to pull weeds.

corn_gluten - photo from eartheasy.com - Tucson LandscaperLots of people wonder if there’s something they can use that’s organic or natural.  There are organic alternatives and they’ve become so common that you can often find them at most garden centers.  An organic pre-emergent is corn gluten.  It also creates a barrier and helps keeps weeds from sprouting.

There are definitely options.  And, there’s always waiting until the spring and hand pulling your weeds.  That’s the most environmentally friendly thing to do.  But, not everyone has the time or energy to do that.

Keep your options open and remember that the weeds will be back as they are every year.  We can help you with your weed control. I’ll leave you with this quote:

Weeds are nature’s graffiti.  ~Janice Maeditere

Enjoy the holiday season and have a Merry Christmas!

Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Sonoran Oasis Landscaping


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