Weeds are notorious for stealing resources, space, and nutrients from your lawn and weakening the grass. To get rid of them, you need to apply both pre-emergent weed control and post-emergent weed control here in North Carolina to help stop the weeds from causing harm to your lawn. Both treatments are necessary because each completes a separate but vital job. Pre-emergent weed control treatments will stop weeds from sprouting up through the soil. It is best applied in the spring when weeds are sprouting. Post-emergent weed control will then help eliminate the weeds that were more developed and unfazed by the pre-emergent treatment. This type works best when applied in the summer to spot-treat any weeds on your lawn. Keep reading to learn more about each treatment.

Pre-emergent weed control prevents weeds from sprouting up through the soil.

Professional spraying pre-emergent weed control to a lawn in Kernersville, NC.

The main benefit of a pre-emergent weed control treatment is that it prevents weeds from sprouting on your lawn. Weeds in North Carolina can reproduce quickly, spreading seeds through the wind or by latching them onto the fur of an animal, so it's not uncommon for these seeds to drop onto your lawn. With a pre-emergent weed control application, however, you can prevent those seeds from sprouting and breaking through the surface of your soil.

The herbicide used during a pre-emergent treatment coats the soil and creates a barrier, blocking newly germinated weeds from sprouting through the soil. This is beneficial because it can stop the weeds before they even get a chance to take nutrients, space, and resources from your turf.

Post-emergent weed control eliminates weeds that sprouted before the pre-emergent treatment.

Technician spraying a dandelion weed with post-emergent in Kernersville, NC.

Post-emergent weed control is commonly paired with a pre-emergent treatment to maximize results. When used alone, pre-emergent weed control can't eradicate weeds that are past a certain point in their life cycle but a post-emergent application can. The herbicide used during post-emergent treatments works by eliminating weeds that have already sprouted.

It's an important step to utilize when striving to maintain a weed-free lawn because it gets rid of the more developed weeds in your turf. If you don't rid your lawn of these weeds, you risk the weeds spreading and your lawn losing out on nutrients, space, sunlight, and water, weakening the lawn and making the grass susceptible to lawn disease and insects.

Apply pre-emergent weed control in the spring and post-emergent weed control in the summer.

Apply pre-emergent weed control in the spring to start the growing season off right. In the spring, weeds will start to grow, so this is a great time to apply a pre-emergent weed control treatment. A pre-emergent weed control treatment can prevent the growth of weeds and help your grass grow strong by fending off any potential competition.

After a pre-emergent application, apply a post-emergent treatment in the summer to treat the weeds that were past a certain stage in their life when the pre-emergent treatment was applied. It is recommended you spot-treat weeds in the summer because the intense sun can encourage weeds to grow during this season.

Pre-emergent and post-emergent treatments can help stop common weeds in North Carolina like crabgrass, nutsedge, clover, chickweed, and spurge.

Call us today to schedule our weed control service!

If you notice weeds in your turf, call us today at (336) 396-9191 to schedule our weed control service, which we offer as part of our full-service maintenance program. At Ideal Landscaping & Irrigation, we use both pre-emergent and post-emergent treatments to provide your lawn with a well-rounded weed control service. We know weeds can affect your turf's health, so we want to help protect it through our stellar service. Other services included in our full-service maintenance program include fertilization, aeration, overseeding, and more. We service commercial, HOA, and residential properties in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Summerfield, and nearby areas in North Carolina.