CLAYTON'S CORNER

Season of weeds has arrived

By | Published Thursday, April 8, 2010

Those pesky cool season weeds have really taken off in our North Texas lawns over the past few days. They’ve just kind of set there all winter, and now they are really responding to the excellent soil moisture and spring-like temperatures. If you don’t opt to control them prior to seed head formation, you’re asking for problems for years to come.

For light weed infestations, hand pulling may be an option, and it’s probably the most enviro-friendly. Otherwise you can spot spray with Roundup or use a post emerge product like Weed-B-Gone. Both are commonly found in retail stores in our area. Always read the label carefully regardless of the weed control product you choose to make sure which weeds can be controlled and to determine which ornamental plants the products can be safely applied around. If you would like a more complete list of products, both pre-emerge and post-emerge, just call the office and we’ll get that to you.

I should also mention the best long term solution to your lawn weed problems is to build a dense, healthy lawn which will most likely choke out those winter weeds.

It’s still a bit early to fertilize our North Texas lawns. Once the grass (not weeds) has greened up and been mowed 2-3 times, apply a fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio. I prefer a 15-5-10 or 21-7-14 in a slow release form. You don’t need more than about a pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.

If you have questions just call (940) 627-3341. We’ll be glad to help.

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