Importance of a Spring Pre-Emergent Application

Importance of a Spring Pre-Emergent Application

Spring is just around the corner here in Enid, Oklahoma but today there's still snow on the ground. Nonetheless, we are moving forward and trying to get prepared for our spring spraying season.

People often times ask me, if you were to pick one application to make to my yard, what would it be. My answer is always the same, a spring pre-emergent application. By making this application you are killing two birds with one stone. When you apply a spring pre-emergent application at the proper time you effectively control both the winter weeds that have emerged and  growing in your lawn, as well as the summer annual weeds that will emerge later on when the soil warms up.

We are able to control such a broad spectrum of weeds by using multiple angles of attack. Here is a quick synopsis of typical tank mix we apply to our customer's lawn in order to control the broad spectrum of weeds emerging in their lawn at any given time.

1. A Pre-Emergent: simply put this chemical controls weeds as they are emerging, and before you ever see them. The quality of this chemical will greatly affect how long they last and the range of weeds they control. In the spring application, this chemical is the one focused on controlling weeds that will emerge as the soil temperature warms up.

2. A Contact Herbicide: This chemical or chemicals should be focused on controlling the unwanted grasses and broadleaf weeds that are growing in your lawn at the time of application. Once again what an applicator uses and what rate they use will determine how successful they are in controlling the weeds in your lawn.

3. A Surfactant: Many companies skip this ingredient in hopes of saving money, but we feel it is a crucial element in our mix. This chemical helps both the pre-emergent and contact herbicides stick to their intended targets and allow the plant's  to absorb the chemical more efficiently for better efficacy.

4. Dye: We use this chemical to know where we have been and where we are needing to go. This keeps us from missing anything or from overlapping which could cause harm to our customer's lawn.

Whether you are a customer of our's or not I would highly recommend going through and looking at what is applied to your lawn in hopes of ensuring you get the the best possible job. There are a lot of ways people can go about trying to cut corners to save money when spraying lawns, but as with anything else you have to remember you get what you pay for.

 

Kaleb

 

 

 

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