So this year again it seems more like April/May showers will bring June flowers! But I’m definitely not complaining…only thing I am complaining about is all the darn weeds that seem to pop up overnight with the unusually rainy weather we have had this spring so far. So as a friendly reminder to all of our clients that we have mulched this past March-May (or if you have beds with stone or walkway/patio joints) this is the perfect time to start your applications of weed control and pre-emergent so that you can protect your spring investment. We provide a useful guide to our clients along with a contact for the Green Scene a company that provides bed and area weed control for larger accounts (5000 square feet and more) or if you are too busy (lawns, wood lines, landscape plantings, walkways, patios, pool stone etc) and here’s a copy for reference: Maintenance-Care-guide-after-mulching
Weed Control 101
STEP ONE: First up is controlling the weeds you can see growing in your landscape, walkways or walls with a spray for killing live weeds. We recommend using either Roundup Weed Killer or Natria Weed Killer by Bayer and there are a number of different kinds depending on what you are looking to get rid of. It is absorbed by the leaves of the weed/plant and then with sun and warm temperatures the weed will start to die from within.
Believe me It’s a lot easier to pull a dead weed that releases its roots from the soil than a live one that is still clinging on for dear life.
Here is a note from specialist Dave Schwarm of Green Meadow Lawn Care and who is a CT Licensed Ornamental and Turf Supervisor that has been using Roundup by following the directions, wearing protective gear and applying on a dry day with minimal wind: Is Roundup Safe to Use on My Property?
For those of you that still have reservations about using Roundup around children or pets due to all the negative media that is out there, then I would suggest using the Organic Avenger line of weed control products. It is made out of citrus oils and burns the plant. You may have to use more of it or apply more often but if it gives you piece of mind and takes care of the weeds then go for it. I use this in my yard and I order it online (concentrated liquid) to mix with water in a sprayer from Home Depot so easy to apply. The only other recommendation would be good old fashion hand pulling as long as you have the time and patience. But again pulling live weeds just brings back more but I have heard it’s a gardener’s form of therapy to relieve stress 🙂
Also Check out this article 10 Alternatives to Roundup from Moms Across America. Remember that even if you’re using alternative herbicides, your neighbor may not be. Gardeners, landscapers, and conventional farms could be spraying miles away from your home, but drift could still be impacting your air, water, and soil.
STEP TWO: Weed Pre-Emergent and Preventer: This was something I found many year’s ago that was a gardener’s secret to keeping their vegetable beds weed free. Preen Weed Preventer is a pre-emergent granule that you sprinkle on soil or mulch, or can sweep into cracks along walks, driveways, or walls and it conditions the area so that new weeds do not grow. How Preen Works Video
Again it works to prevent new weeds and does absolutely nothing to the live green weeds you have. I mention this because I did have a client many years ago that called up complaining that he had put down 4 buckets of the Preen in his beds and the weeds were still there. I asked if he had sprayed weed killer first and he said no I forgot about that part. Preen works by releasing a little bit of itself when activated by water or rain and creates a barrier that works for about 8 to 12 weeks depending on the type you get. Then you reapply again to keep working for another 2-3 months.
And lastly, for those of you that live in areas surrounded by woods and thus must battle the yearly bugs like aphids, spider mites, tent caterpillars, and Japanese beetles (just to name a few) here is a product that I recommend for roses and other flowering shrubs to help them battle and recover from these pesky critters. Bayer All in One is spread around the base of the shrub and covered with mulch and works systematically for the next 8-10 weeks and assists the shrub to better protect itself from insects and disease. I use it twice a year on my roses.
Too busy and Looking for a company to take care of your lawn fertilization, control weeds in your plantings and apply mosquito or tick applications in your yard? Check out Safe Lawns and Landscapes out of Salem CT. They take care of a number of our clients’ properties and have alternative solutions based on your particular lawn and landscape needs.
If you have any questions you can also feel free to contact me directly and we can discuss your particular needs over the phone. If your landscape is out of control and needs some TLC give us a call and we can give you an estimate to get it back in check so it’s Picture Perfect again 🙂 Kim