When the hot, Texas summer is waning and fall starts to settle in, it’s time to start thinking about fall lawn care. One important task for Prosper homeowners this season is weed control.
Weeds can quickly take over a lawn if they are not removed. Not only do they make your yard look unkempt, but they can also harm the grass and other plants in your yard.
If you don’t have the thick carpet of grass that you’ve been dreaming about, it might be time to consider sod installation. When you put down new, fresh sod, you instant results. Read this article, “Your Guide to Choosing New Sod Grass,” for more information.
Read on for tips on effectively controlling weeds in your Prosper lawn this fall.
Pre-emergent herbicides are a great way to prevent weeds from taking over your lawn in the first place. These products work by creating a barrier in the soil that prevents weed seeds from germinating.
Applying a pre-emergent herbicide is best done in early fall, before the weed seeds have had a chance to germinate. Be sure to follow the directions on the product label carefully.
Liquid vs. Granular Herbicides
There are two main types of herbicides available on the market: liquid and granular.
Liquid herbicides are typically more expensive than granular ones but are also more effective. They are best applied with a pump sprayer.
Granular herbicides are less expensive and easier to apply, but they may not be as effective as liquid herbicides. They are best applied with a spreader.
To learn more about fall weed control for your Prosper, Texas lawn, check out this article titled, “How to Prevent Weeds in Fall.”
Selective vs. Non-Selective Herbicides
When choosing an herbicide, you will also need to decide if you want a selective or non-selective product. Selective herbicides only kill certain types of weeds, while non-selective herbicides will kill any plant they come into contact with.
One benefit of selective herbicides is that they are less likely to harm your lawn or other plants in your yard. However, they may be more expensive than non-selective herbicides.
Non-selective herbicides are less expensive and will kill any type of weed, but they can also harm your lawn if you’re not careful. Be sure to follow the directions on the product label carefully when using a non-selective herbicide.
In addition to weeds, another common lawn care task in fall is leaf clean-up. Leaves can smother your grass and other plants, preventing them from getting the sunlight and air they need to survive. There are many ways that you can manage your leaves efficiently.
One way to deal with leaves is to rake them up and compost them. This is a great way to recycle leaves and fertilize your garden at the same time.
Another way to deal with leaves is to mulch them. This can be done with a lawn mower or a leaf blower. Be sure to set the blades on your lawn mower to their highest setting so you don’t damage your grass.
Irrigation System Check-up
Fall is also a good time to check your irrigation system with a professional. Irrigation systems are vital for keeping your lawn healthy, but they can develop problems over time. To ensure your system is working properly, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional at least once a year.
The key to a healthy lawn is to stay ahead of the weeds. By taking preventative measures now, you can avoid problems later on.
If you need help filling in bare spots throughout your lawn this fall, contact Prosper Sod. Sod installation is our specialty. We will be able to assess your lawn and create a customized plan to get it full and thick.