Thursday, August 31, 2017

What Is Post-Emergent Weed Application?

A nice, well-manicured lawn or garden can be a centerpiece for any home during the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, weeds can taint lawns and gardens to the point they become eyesores.
Fortunately, post-emergent weed applications can be of assistance in helping a gardener and/or homeowner win the battle against pesky weeds.
What Is the Definition of Post-Emergent?
When describing weed killers, post-emergent references the herbicide's ability to eliminate weeds after they have already formed and are visible on lawns or inside gardens. These chemicals differ from pre-emergent weed eradicating applications, which are employed to kill weeds before they grow. Post-emergent preparations not only eradicate existing weeds, but may be of use in preventing future weed growth.
How Do Post-Emergent Weed Killers Work?
These herbicides eliminate weeds in one of two ways. Some possess the ability to attack the offending weed directly, while others morph into a particular plant's root and attack it from the ground up.
What Are the Different Types Of Post-Emergent Weed Killers?
These substances are broken down into two major categories:
o   Systemic Herbicides
o   Contact Herbicides
Systemic herbicides penetrate a weed and eradicate it by destroying it in its entirety. Contact Herbicides are often potent enough to kill a weed on contact.
Post-emergent weed applications may also be labeled as selective and non-selective:
Selective herbicides are typically used to eliminate specific weeds collecting on smaller, grassy areas. Non-selective weed preparations are often successful in eradicating most weeds and employed in larger areas, such as fields.
Types of Weeds Post-Emergent Weed Applications Eliminate
Post-emergent chemical preparations are effective in killing perennial weeds, including Quackgrass, Bindweed, Nutsedge and Thistle. They will also kill annual, leaf-shaped plants which do not have the appearance of grass and weeds like Crabgrass, which does resemble grass.
How to Properly Utilize Post-Emergent Weed Preparations
Post-emergent herbicides must be employed with caution, as well as under the most optimal conditions. Once the particular weed(s) is/are identified and the appropriate weed killer has been obtained, one must carefully determine how quickly and often the chemicals should be applied.
In addition, it is important to ensure proper safeguards are taken to ensure surrounding grass, flowers or useable plants do not come into contact with any anti-weed application.
It is suggested the chemicals be placed on a dry, windless day with outside temperatures not exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The application will need time to settle onto its intended target. The specific length of time required varies depending upon the chemical being used, as well as the specific weed in question.
It is important to follow the instructions provided by the application's manufacturer. Last, but of great significance are the safety precautions one spraying weed killers should adhere to:
Post-emergent weed applications are poisonous substances that could cause respiratory problems and skin irritation if inhaled or make contact with one's skin. Individuals engaging in lawn or garden weed eradication measures should cover their mouths and wear clothing that covers their skin.
Where Can Post-Emergent Weed Applications Be Obtained?
Weed killing chemicals can be purchased at most lawn and gardening centers, or at many home improvement stores.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Importance of Pre-Emergent Weed Spraying

What is a Pre-Emergent Weed Spray?

A pre-emergent is an herbicide that is sprayed or spread on lawns to eliminate weeds at the earliest stages of their growth. This includes crab grass and dandelions, among other invasive plants. Unlike a typical weed killer, a pre-emergent is meant to stop weeds from sprouting by being applied on early lawn growth to prevent the roots of weeds from taking hold in the soil.

Pre-emergent herbicides should not be used in areas where seeds of other plants are being sown. A pre-emergent does not distinguish between weed seeds and those of beneficial or desirable plants. It is best not to spray a pre-emergent where you want plants and flowers to grow.

Benefits of a Pre-Emergent

These herbicides are important weapons in a gardener’s lawn care arsenal. They will permanently eliminate weeds by not allowing them to germinate. They are activated at the top layer of the soil targeting young sprouts. A pre-emergent can break the cycle of new weed growth.

Pre-emergents are very easy to apply by spraying the herbicide through the use of water. The chemical is activated by the water, allowing it to soak into the soil. It can remain active for many weeks or even months discouraging new weed growth.

Successive seasonal treatments with a pre-emergent should lessen the need for it over time. Ideally, weeds will be completely eliminated requiring less lawn maintenance and resulting in a healthier, thicker, and stronger grass lawn with minimal weeds.

When to Apply a Pre-Emergent

Typically, an herbicidal pre-emergent is applied in early spring before the grass starts to come in. It can also be applied again in the fall when temperatures cool down and new types of weed growth occur. In essence, a pre-emergent can be applied throughout the growing season to prevent and control various types of new weed growth.

Basically, the timing for applying the herbicide will vary depending on the geographical location and climactic conditions. As soil warms up in the spring, the temperature of that soil will be the primary factor for when weeds and crab grass will start to sprout.

It makes good sense to seek the advice of your local State University Extension program or a credible landscaping professional for when and how to apply a pre-emergent.

Applying a Spray Pre-Emergent

There are different types of pre-emergent products. Some are granular and can be applied with a spreader. A liquid pre-emergent is generally applied by attaching the product container to a water hose and spraying the lawn area. Or, it can be applied by a tank sprayer that is carried like a backpack.

After applying the pre-emergent, it is important that the lawn be irrigated so that the product will soak down into the soil, being careful not to over-water.


A pre-emergent spray is an herbicidal treatment that deters the growth of weeds and crabgrass. It is important to apply a pre-emergent early so that it has time to kill the weed sprouts and not allow the roots to take hold in the soil. Allow the pre-emergent to do its job before you broadcast new grass seed and you should end up with a full and vibrant lawn that is free of weeds.

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