Pre-Emergent Herbicide, What, When, and How
Last week Brian from Berger Hargis applied pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass and broadleaf on my yard. I not only write for Berger Hargis, but I’m also a customer. I know Brian; however, he treated me like the customer I am. He explained what he was doing, how he would do it, and why. I have watched neighbors who use other companies for lawn care and have seldom seen any workers take the time to explain what they were doing. Given the opportunity, informing the customer is the Berger Hargis way.
What is Pre-Emergent Herbicide?
Pre-emergent herbicide is simply herbicide applied to lawns before weeds have a chance to grow. The way they do this is by stopping the weed seeds from germinating. Therefore, pre-emergent herbicides work best when applied before weeds germinate.
When Should Pre-emergent Herbicide be Applied?
For most weeds, especially broadleaf, early spring is the best time to apply the herbicide before weed seeds can sprout. “By treating lawns and perennial flower beds in early spring, gardeners can drastically reduce the number of annual summer weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail, and sandbur, which germinate in late spring.” — Bob Vila — when to apply pre-emergent
What about Do-it-yourself?
You can purchase pre-emergent herbicides at almost any place that sells plants. I, for one, would rather hire a professional to do this, and not only because I’m lazy! Berger Hargis is experienced. They know what to do and how to do it. Brian also knows my yard. He understands what weeds my lawn harbors and what herbicides are okay on my 40-some flower beds. They also have the best equipment to apply the herbicide evenly and effectively on my entire lawn. Another thing Berger Hargis has done is helped me with a customized treatment for the specific needs of my property. In other words, Berger Hargis does it right.
If You Do Attempt DIY
- Be sure to spread the pre-emergent evenly. If it’s not even or you miss areas, the weeds will grow and possibly spread.
- Water it or let the rain soak it. Water activates the herbicide and soaks it into the soil. If possible apply the herbicide before a rain.
- Do not disturb. Do not aerate the lawn soon after, and try to stay off the grass for a day or two.
How Can We Help You?
Berger Hargis has a company philosophy of providing personal excellence for all our services. Our growth and success have been due entirely to our commitment to honest, excellent customer service. The company has been built on the referral business we have received due to this philosophy.
We work with residential customers and businesses in Central Indiana. If you have any questions about pre-emergence herbicides, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.
About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek, and on weekends he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook, a crash course in effective management.