Fall and winter is a beautiful time here in Colorado and much like summer, we can’t wait for the new season to start. It’s the time of year when most of us put away our gardening tools and don’t want to think about lawn care again until spring. Not so fast! Those weeds you want to put off pulling because, “it’s just going to die anyway”, are going to come back to haunt you in the spring. This is why the pros at Nationscapes have put together this helpful list of chores to help you win the war on weeds.
Types of Fall Weeds in Colorado
As winter approaches, weeds will be going through one final bloom before they die off. But before they do, they will disperse their seeds over a wide area of your yard. This will all but ensure a new generation of weeds in the spring — unless you do something about it right now. Types of weeds you will encounter in the fall trying to disperse their seeds are:
- Barnyard grass
Use Post Emergent Sprays
Post-emergent herbicides are sprays that target weeds that have already been established. The chemicals disable the plants’ ability to start photosynthesis and kill the plant. Go around your yard and target any stray weeds you see. Each one you kill is preventing hundreds or even thousands of seeds from settling in your grass. By the time spring arrives your yard should be largely weed-free.
Double Your Protection With Pre-Emergent Weed Control
Pre-emergent weed killer is used to target not the plant itself, but the seeds. Your yard will encounter thousands of seeds in the fall and they will stay there until spring arrives and they germinate. It is recommended to use pre-emergent in the fall and most importantly in the spring when your grass is coming out of dormancy. The chemicals in the spray coat any seeds in its path and prevent them from sprouting. Pre-emergents are probably the best weapon you can have in the war on weeds.
Water Your Yard To Promote Thick Grass
Grass can be pretty vulnerable at the end of the year. If you haven’t been watering properly or fertilizing when you should, then your grass could be stressed and thin. When grass is stressed it can become vulnerable to much stronger and aggressive weeds. Keeping to a regular watering schedule, especially here in Colorado will not only promote thicker grass growth but it will also prevent new weeds from germinating.
Summer drains your grass of a lot of nutrients and in the fall it will become weak and stressed. This is the time of year that your grass is storing food for the winter so it needs all the help it can get. For best results, we recommend getting a soil test done to determine the pH balance of your soil. This will tell you exactly what type of fertilizer you need to add to your lawn.
When fall arrives a lot of us can’t wait to put the mower away but as long as it hasn’t frosted yet, you can and should continue to mow your grass. In the fall you want to grow your grass out a little longer to encourage deep root growth. This will help the grass out in the spring and give it an extra boost of energy.
Call The Yard Installation Specialists at Nationscapes
At Nationscapes we want you to have the best-looking yard in your neighborhood. We specialize in sod installation, sprinkler installation, and sprinkler system repair. Don’t waste your time on an unsalvageable yard when you can get a brand new one installed. This will give you a chance to start the war on weeds fresh and with no existing seeds in the soil. Combined with one of our sprinkler systems, your yard will be lush and green all year round and strong enough to fight off intrusive weeds.
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