Keeping weeds off your property can be tiresome, so you should consider investing in weed control to make the job easier. For weed control to be effective, there's a specific schedule that should be followed for lawns in Illinois. You want to start by applying a pre-emergent weed control treatment in early spring to catch the weed seeds before they can fully germinate. Afterward, follow up with post-emergent treatments in the middle of spring and then in summer to catch any stubborn weeds that might’ve slipped past that barrier of pre-emergent you applied earlier. Weed control treatments are designed to keep weeds off your lawn and will ensure your grass gets the resources and nutrients it needs without competition. Then, if you want to further increase the health of your lawn, combine your weed control treatments with fertilizer!
Start with pre-emergent weed control in the spring.
As spring begins, you want to kick off the growing season with a pre-emergent weed control treatment. This is because the weed seeds sitting in your soil will begin to germinate as the weather warms up, so now is the time to catch them before they breach your soil.
The purpose of a springtime pre-emergent application is to prevent new weeds from sprouting. The pre-emergent acts as a barrier, stopping any weeds from penetrating the soil. As long as they aren’t able to penetrate your soil, they’ll eventually die off, meaning you are free to focus your efforts on helping your grass recover from winter dormancy.
Apply post-emergent weed control mid-spring and again in summer.
Even after applying pre-emergent weed control, some particularly pesky weeds might still manage to sneak past that protective barrier and start sprouting. In cases like these, you’ll want to use post-emergent treatments to get rid of them. This will help you eliminate stubborn weeds like dandelions and clovers that are commonly found in Illinois. These treatments should supplement your pre-emergent weed control and be applied in mid-spring and again in the summer. By spacing the treatments out like this, you’re sure to get any of those stragglers that managed to slip by and start sprouting on your lawn.
Combine fertilizer treatments with weed control to improve the health of your grass.
Applying weed control is great for not only the appearance of your lawn, but also the health of your grass because it won't have to compete for nutrients. However, not all lawns naturally provide the right amount of nutrients in their soil. It's very common for lawns that don't receive regular fertilizer treatments to be deficient in a particular nutrient. That's why it's so important to couple your weed control treatments with fertilizer treatments. Combining these two treatments will result in not only a beautiful lawn, but a lawn that is full of strong, lush, and emerald green grass!
Fertilizer contains essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that keep your grass green and can help fight off pests and diseases!
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Keep weeds off your lawn year-round with the perfect weed control schedule. At Element Turf & Outdoor Solutions, LLC, we offer a weed control treatment program that includes pre-emergent treatment at the start of the spring season followed up by supplemental post-emergent treatments in mid-spring and summer. Our program also includes multiple fertilizer treatments throughout the year to ensure your grass remains strong and healthy! We service properties in the Alton, IL area, which includes surrounding areas like Godfrey, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, and Maryville. Call us today at (618) 467-7047 to sign up for our weed control treatment program!