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Winter Weed Control in Warmer Climates

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Posted on: Jan 25, 2023Luis M PĂ©rez

Winter Weed Control

Because of the cold temperatures in January, there is not a lot you can do to prevent spring weeds in Northern climates, however, there are some small things you can do. For one thing, when snow plowing or shoveling your driveway, try not to pile all the snow up in just one area. This is a bit “easier said than done”, but if you can spread it around a little you should. This will allow it all to melt faster and prevent some areas from absorbing all the pressure and pollutants in the snow. Secondly, if you don’t have a lot of snow in the yard and did not get a chance to rake debris such as leaves and organic materials in the fall, this would be a great time to do it. Removing leaves and debris will definitely help you have a thicker, healthier yard in the spring and therefore, reduce bare and thin spots for weeds to grow. 

Winter Weed Control In Warmer Climates

In warmer climates such as the DFW area, there is a lot more that can be done to control weeds. One thing, Dr. Green does for all our customers is put down a growth inhibitor. This is basically a weed suppressant. It stops winter weeds from growing while they are just tiny seedlings and barely visible. The other thing we do in late winter is apply pre-emergent weed control. A pre-emergent works by creating a weed barrier in the soil that most weeds are unable to grow through and therefore prevents weeds from even becoming seedlings. Pre-emergents do wear down over time but they do last for about 4 months so when applied in February/March they will take you right to the end of June. Pre-emergents are especially useful in reducing grassy weeds such as Crabgrass. 

Controlling Winter Weeds

Winter weeds are weeds that thrive in cooler, wetter, winter weather. Some common winter weeds are Clover, Dandelions, Thistle, and Creeping Charlie. Some winter grassy weeds in Texas are Poa Anna, Winter Rye, and Rescue Grass. One of the things, you will need to do in warmer climates is control winter weeds. Because lawns go dormant in the winter (aka turn brown) having thick, green, healthy winter weeds can be quite an eye sore. They stick out like a sore thumb. So, in addition to preventative weed control, you also need to consider curative winter weed control as well. 

Have Questions Or Want To Learn More?

For more information on winter weed control? Please contact our Lawn Care Expert, Luis Perez, via email at luisp@doctorgreen.com.