How to prepare your lawn for weed control all year
Now is the time to apply pre-emergent products for the control of crabgrass, goosegrass, foxtail and other summer annual weeds. Barefoot & Associates is celebrating 32 years of excellence in 2020 and you can count on us for delivering great results by using quality products by properly trained professionals. No matter what type of turf you may have, we have specialized custom lawn care programs with specific applications for each turf type. This method ensures we don’t damage any turf but deliver superior results for your specific type of turf.
Every season presents new challenges for maintaining a beautiful lawn. Spring brings a lot of moisture and Summer brings heat. But these months are also when warm-season grasses thrive. As a transition zone, North Carolina has both warm and cool-season grass. If your lawn has warm-season grasses, they can be choked out by weeds that also thrive in this season.
Now is the time to begin applications of spring and summer pre-emergent products for the control of crabgrass, goosegrass, foxtail, and other summer annual weeds. In the Triangle area of North Carolina, we generally see crabgrass germination when the average daily soil temperature reaches and maintains 55 degrees and goosegrass at 60 degrees. This has been a fairly mild winter, and we have seen above average warm days which is causing the soil temperature to rise.
What Barefoot offers for warm season annual weed control Barefoot & Associates has served the Triangle area since 1988 and has been trusted by more and more of its residents as we’ve proved the quality of our work. Just looking at our gallery will give you an idea of what the lawns and landscapes we tend look like.
For weed control, pre-emergent herbicides are what we recommend if you want to prevent the problem before it sprouts. These products prevent seeds from germinating. It is best to apply these in the spring before germination has occurred.
As the summer progresses, weed control remains important. Post-emergent herbicides are one way of removing weeds that have already sprouted. We have a number of tools and tactics at our disposal to rid your lawn of hard to kill weeds.
Call us today to learn more! When it comes to lawn care, one of the only things more irritating than weeds is being required to sign a maintenance contract. Barefoot & Associates does not require this from our customers. Instead, we bill only as each service is performed. This makes it easy for you to stop service with us if you aren’t satisfied. We are able to operate this way because we are confident in our work.
As we approach the end of August and the 1st of September, now is the time to begin preparations for fall overseeding in the Triangle area of North Carolina. If you have any weeds, broadleaf, crabgrass or sedges, now is the time to eradicate weeds prior to overseeding. This has been a relatively bad year for fescue lawns, severe heat stress and some drought conditions has left many fescue lawns in poor condition. A good fall renovation plan with core aeration, applications of necessary amendments and seeding with a quality fescue blend will ensure a nice looking fescue lawn again soon. Call your local turf service experts here at Barefoot & Associates to get your lawn scheduled for renovation services now. We can be reached at (919)-934-3554 or anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crabgrass is a nemesis of lawn lovers everywhere, including here in the Raleigh area. It’s scientific name, Digitaria is a warm, seasonal plant that grows annually that many people consider a weed. The reason behind the name “Crabgrass” comes from its characteristic of sharing a common and shallow root system that appears to be spread out like a crab across the lawn.
How does Crabgrass emerge? When the weather warms, the soil in the earth gradually warms as well. This is when crabgrass starts to grow. Once the temperature of the atmosphere reaches around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, Crabgrass seeds left by plants prior begin to grow; the seeds that never germinated the year before now begin to do so. These germinating plants quickly grow and emerge onto the exterior surface. Crabgrass plants create thousands of seeds every year to be left in the ground to produce more Crabgrass the following year. However, come fall, Crabgrass stops producing seeds and the cold weather kills off the rest of that year’s plants.
How to eliminate Crabgrass from your lawn The best way to eliminate Crabgrass is to focus on preventing it from emerging at all. Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied to kill the soon-to-germinate Crabgrass seeds before they ever have a chance to sprout. In addition, it is best to maintain a healthy, full lawn as a defense to Crabgrass.
For example, if you water your lawn less frequently and more deeply, the shallow root system of the Crabgrass will not be able to use this resource. Though, your turfgrass will. Another method of Crabgrass prevention is to mow your lawn a little longer than normal so that the Crabgrass does not receive the direct sunlight it needs in order to produce more plants the following year.
Barefoot and Associates can eliminate your Crabgrass invasion In reality, winning the war against Crabgrass is a difficult task. The timing for laying down pre-emergent herbicide, for example, has to be very precise. You can do this by taking soil temperatures, followed by applying the herbicide at just the right moment. Barefoot and Associates have the Crabgrass prevention process down to a science. Call us at 919-934-3554 if you’re in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest or the surrounding areas and are interested in our help on dealing with the aggravating problem of Crabgrass, once and for all.
In Raleigh and the greater Triangle area of North Carolina both warm season and cool season grasses can thrive. You’ll find lawns throughout the area who have one or the other. Warm season grass will become active and grow during spring and summer and go dormant in the winter. That doesn’t mean you want to forget about your lawn over the cooler months. Even though the lawn may be dormant, weeds will thrive.
Because we are a transition zone with both warm and cool season kinds of grass, cool season weeds are present, and their seeds are likely in your lawn. They will bring about unwanted weeds unless action is taken. So don’t ignore your lawn in the winter. There is a lot that needs to be done in order to encourage the beautiful, healthy lawn you want to see in the warmer months to return.
Apply pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides
As warm season grasses go into dormancy in the Triangle, now is the time to apply pre and post-emergent products for the control of winter annual weeds in your lawn. By killing off the green weeds that were growing, your lawn will turn more of a brown. That’s a good thing! Any grasses that were green and growing in your lawn were not the warm season grasses that you want to encourage.
Pre-emergent herbicides are applied early in the season before the cool season weeds are able to germinate and emerge. Later in the season, or if pre-emergents were not applied, you can also use post-emergent products to eliminate weeds that are growing while the rest of the lawn is dormant.
Barefoot & Associates is a longtime Triangle expert in weed control
You don’t need to worry about spending time outside this winter trying to figure out which lawn products to use. Let us take care of it. Unlike many other companies, we don’t require a service contract. You only need to pay for services as they are done and can cancel easily anytime. Call us at (919)-934-3554 or email at email@example.com to inquire and find out how we can help keep your lawn weed free this season.
TURF & ORNAMENTALS: Now is the time to begin thinking about applying pre-emergent products in your lawn & ornamental beds or natural areas. We will be applying pre-emergent products in February for the control of crabgrass, goosegrass and foxtail. These major weeds germinate when soil temperatures reach an average soil temperature of 55 degrees. Please note that these pre-emergent products do not control all weeds, (i.e. bahiagrass, dallisgrass, nutsedge and some broadleaf weeds are not covered and if become present in your lawn will require a selective post-emergent product application.
Now is the time of year to make winter annual weed control applications for warm season turf. Our staff is currently spraying a post & pre-emergent foliar spray application for the control of winter annual broadleaf weeds and poa annua. This will leave your dormant turf completely brown and weed free during the winter months. We get many phone calls this time of year wanting to know what the green spray is on lawns. We use a spray dye indicator, so our technicians assure complete coverage of lawns with no missed areas in coverage. If you want your warm season turf clean this winter, then give us a call at 919-934-3554. We service Johnston & Wake Counties to include Smithfield, Clayton, Garner, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina and surrounding areas.