Weeds are an unfortunate reality property owners in Virginia must face. Because weeds can steal space, nutrients, water, and sunlight from the grass in your lawn, picking a weed control treatment can feel like a life-changing decision. You might even wonder if pre-emergent weed control is actually worth it — well, it is! Pre-emergent weed control works by stopping the problem before it even begins. This type of treatment prevents weeds from breaking through the surface of your soil. What's more, when you invest in pre-emergent weed control it will save you time and money on post-emergent weed control treatments down the road because there won't be as many weeds to deal with. To get the most for your dollar, pre-emergent weed control treatments should be applied in the early and late spring. Spring is the time of year when weeds will be germinating, so you'll need to apply pre-emergent treatments during this time to prevent them from sprouting through the soil!

Pre-emergent weed control works by preventing weeds from sprouting.

Crabgrass and clover weeds found throughout a lawn in Annandale, VA.

Pre-emergent weed control works by stopping weeds from sprouting. This preventative service coats the soil with a barrier of herbicide. When a weed plant begins to germinate, it will reach the barrier and won't be able to break through it, so it will die below the ground since it can't break through the surface. If left to grow, weeds can take nutrients, space, and water away from the grass.

Here are some common weeds in Virginia pre-emergent weed control treatments can help deter:

  • Crabgrass
  • Dandelions
  • Henbit
  • White clover
  • Chickweed
  • And more!

Pre-emergent weed control can reduce the amount of post-emergent weed control treatments you'll need.

Because pre-emergent weed control will prevent a majority of weeds from sprouting on your lawn, you won't have to spend a lot of time and money applying post-emergent treatments. However, because pre-emergent treatments won't stop weeds that were already past a certain point in their life cycle when the treatments were applied, there is still a chance some weeds will sprout on your lawn. But, because there won't be as many, the need for post-emergent treatments will be reduced, making it easier and less costly to keep your lawn free of weeds.

Apply pre-emergent weed control in early spring and late spring.

Pre-Emergent being applied to a lawn by a professional in Arlington, VA.

Pre-emergent weed control is most effective during the spring, especially early on. That's because this is the time of the year when many seeds will be germinating and getting ready to sprout. By applying a pre-emergent weed control treatment in the early spring, you'll be able to get a head start in preventing those weeds from sprouting!

In late spring, plants are preparing for summertime. So, it's a good idea to apply another round of pre-emergent weed control to continue deterring weed growth. Both applications can prevent weeds from competing with your grass for nutrients, space, and resources.

You should pair fertilization treatments with weed control treatments to provide your grass with the nutrients it needs to thrive!

Our weed control service includes pre-emergent treatments. Give us a call today to sign up!

If you're looking to keep your property free of weeds, we are the team to turn to. At Rimble Landscaping, we offer a weed control service that includes pre-emergent weed control treatments in the spring! What's more, this program also includes post-emergent treatments, fertilizer applications, and more! We offer this service to residential property owners in Arlington, Falls Church, Annandale, and other surrounding areas in Virginia. Give us a call at (703) 527-6950 to sign up for our weed control service today! We look forward to helping you achieve a weed-free lawn!