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Commercial Landscape Service Tip: Pre-Emergent Weed Control for Landscape Beds

Posted by Bob Martin
on September 12, 2017 at 8:40 AM
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Weeds are one of the most unsightly and toughest things to get rid of in a landscape. The key, like many things in lawn maintenance, is to prevent them before they happen.

Once the weeds have started to show, a pre-emergent is no longer effective and the weeds will have to be sprayed with a weed killer or pulled by hand.

Presence of Weeds in Beds

  • One of the hardest things to control in landscaping
  • Lessens the overall beauty of the property
  • Harm other plant life in the bed by stealing sunlight, water, and nutrients
  • A single weed can produce up to 52,000 seeds
  • Warm wet weather in the spring allows weeds to grow rapidly
  • Can be prevented by applying a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring and fall (for the following growing season)

How Pre-Emergent Herbicides Work

  • The herbicide soaks into the mulch/soil when properly watered
  • Creates an invisible barrier in the mulch/soil area
  • Stops weed seeds from germinating
  • Kills newly germinated seeds

Benefits of Using Pre-Emergent

  • Using a pre-emergent herbicide is the most effective way to control weeds
  • Poses no danger to desirable plants
  • Use of pre-emergent in the spring and fall decreases the need to use weed killers throughout the summer
  • Pre-emergent herbicides kill the weed permanently
  • Less labor intensive
    • No dead material to clean up
    • One time application- soaks into soil if properly watered
    • Prevents weeds for weeks

Landscape Beds WITH Pre-Emergent

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Landscape Beds WITHOUT Pre-Emergent

Timing is everything when it comes to controlling weeds on your property. It is much easier to prevent the weeds from popping up than getting rid of them once they have shown. Using a pre-emergent herbicide during the spring and fall is a very effective and efficient way to prevent them from ever happening. Feel free to contact us at Turfscape if you have any questions or are interested in this service.

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Bob Martin

Written by Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Estimator and an Account Manager at our Twinsburg facility. In his role he measures and estimates all prospective properties via satellite imagery. He is also responsible for managing commercial accounts focusing on quality, enhancements, renewals & customer relationships. Outside of work he enjoys biking and spending time with his wife.

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