Once cool weather arrives, one of the last things that you are probably thinking about is weed control in your beautiful yard. This is probably especially true in the low-lying state of Alabama. Typically, weeds tend to thrive only in warm-weather seasons. However, you may not be aware of the fact that there are particular types of weeds that actually thrive during the cooler days of a southern wintertime. These are the weeds that you need to keep an eye on as the days turn cooler, and treat the winter weeds as they appear.
With average winter temperatures in Birmingham, Alabama only reaching about 44 degrees, it seems that this kind of weather only allows certain weeds to slow down in their growth, and not actually stop growing. Two prime examples of weeds found in the southern United States that often don’t really stop growing are crabgrass and chickweed. Once Spring comes around and it is time for the seeds to germinate, if there has been no measure taken to stop the growth of these weeds, they will simply begin to thrive again, along with everything else that blossoms in the warmer weather.
Most lawn experts agree that the best way to treat your outdoor environment for weed control is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the Fall, before temperatures drop below 50 degrees. In addition, plan to apply a post-emergent herbicide in the early Spring. This type of treatment should help kill the weeds before they even have a chance to grow.
It is very important to read and follow the directions on the package. Initially, it is important to read and compare the types of pre-emergent herbicides that are on the market, because you should purchase the one that is targeted towards your particular type of grass and weed control that you need. Some examples of winter weeds that can be a nuisance throughout Alabama, and in addition to crabgrass and chickweed, are dandelion, henbit, annual bluegrass, and wild garlic, just to name a few. It will be most beneficial to you if you choose the correct herbicide that will work for the weed you are trying to control. Also, follow the directions pertaining to application of the herbicide. If you apply too much herbicide, it can be harmful to your grass, and that could result in a bad outcome for your lawn.
In addition to applying herbicides, there are a few other things that you can do to help prevent or control the weeds in your lawn. Keep an eye on the amount of water that your lawn is receiving throughout the winter. Sometimes, lawns can become very dry during the winter, and that can add a lot of stress to a yard that is trying to fight the growth of weeds. Also, as the mowing season winds down, mow your grass at the highest level that makes you comfortable. This will help your grass maintain a healthy root system, which will help your grass blades overwhelm any weeds that try to develop.
It may seem like a lot of effort, as you think about having to work on weed control in your yard during the winter, just as you thought your yard work was finished for the year. However, with just a little planning and preparation, your task should not be too difficult and your yard will thank you in the coming Spring, as it blossoms and strives to be the healthy yard that you desire.
Mighty Green Lawn Care offers winter lawn care services to all of Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Contact us for a free estimate.