This is a must read article if you live in West Texas (Midland, Odessa, Andrews, and surrounding areas) where weeds are a constant problem.
The end of summer means the end of lawn care, right? Wrong. Fall is the best time to prepare your yard for winter and the upcoming spring. This is the time to be proactive and not reactive. For example, what is the number one way to avoid wildfires? Prevention. What is the number one way to avoid sunburn? Prevention. When it comes to any problem, the number one way to handle the issue is PREVENTION. So when it comes to keeping those weeds out of your sacred lawn, prevent them. Applying a fall pre-emergent treatment is one of the best steps you can take toward a healthy lawn.
I recommend using a pre-ermegent like Dimension (dithiopyr) or Barricade (prodiamine). You can get either of these products that mixed with needed nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. High concentrated amounts are not needed, but low to medium will get the job done.
If you live in Odessa, Midland, Andrews, or any surrounding area of the Permian Basin these are the times you want to apply pre-emergent: Late February, May, July, and October. If you are seeding or overseeding read the product label to see how long you have to wait before doing so. Most pre-emergents in these sandy soils will not harm your seedlings after 3 months.
You will come to find out by applying pre-emergent you save time and money in keeping a beautiful lawn. The less amount of post-emergent herbicide applied on your lawn, the better. Post-emergent herbicide can be extremely stressful on your grass in these West Texas temperatures.
If you have any questions or would like services for your lawn, please contact Tejas Pest and Weed Control. We would be happy to help.