Fall Broadleaf Weed Control

Broadleaf weed growth is a problem many Texas homeowners are currently dealing with. The cool temperatures encourage these weeds to grow and develop in your lawn.

Once broadleaf weeds begin to take-over your lawn, you will have to mow more often and any grass that is recovering will take longer to become healthy.

These weeds will need to be chemically removed from your lawn.

Knowing what you’re looking for is half the battle.  Below you’ll find a list of popular broadleaf weeds found in North Texas.

Fall Season Broadleaf Weeds Found in North Texas

  • Henbit
  • Dandelion
  • Clover
  • Burweed
  • Chickweed

Why Fall?

During the fall season, cooler temperatures are useful for controlling broadleaf weeds that compete with your grass.

Herbicides when applied during hot summer days on broadleaf weeds can turn into a gas and spread to non-target plants, inflicting damage and even death.

At low temperatures during fall, popular compounds like 2,4-D and Dicamba do not volatilize. Wind drift is still an issue, so apply herbicides on days when there is little to no wind.

Weed screening in fall

Weeds are found in all gardens/lawns, but there is great variation between the species growing in each and the population densities they harbor. In the same way that screening for insects and diseases is part of any integrated pest management approach, screening for weeds is the primary element of any integrated weed control.

  • Identify weeds at the start of the season, when their presence can adversely affect the plants and grass.
  • Determine the herbicides to use based on the weeds to be eliminated.
  • Identify areas where spot treatment is required.
  • Choose the best time to intervene against weeds.
  • Choose a product registered for the weeds to be controlled
  • The use of herbicides should always be combined with the application of appropriate preventive measures.
  • It is important to remove dead leaves from the surface of the substrate or soil to ensure that the herbicide infiltrates the soil surface.
  • Avoid repeated use of the same herbicide year after year, to reduce the risk of development of resistant weeds not destroyed by the product.
  • Before using a product, read the label carefully and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always check the tolerance of your grass and other plants for the recommended products.
  • Sprayers should be calibrated correctly, and the nozzles unclogged.
  • Lawn thatch layers can act as a natural barrier against invasion. Aerate the lawn to remove the thatch layer, allowing lawn treatments to reach their target regions.
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Application

Broadleaf herbicides are not absorbed by the roots, but by the weed’s foliage.

Make sure you haven’t mowed your grass for 2-3 days before administering any herbicides.  In addition to that, you also need to wait 3-4 days after treatment, so that the foliage can fully absorb the chemical and transfer it to the roots.

Check the weather forecast beforehand as well, you want clear skies with no rain in sight the week of application.

Apply these products in the morning when the foliage is wet with dew or make sure to water your lawn beforehand.

Final Thoughts

The best way to really take care of your lawn is by developing a year-round system of care, like our lawn fertilization treatment plan.

Another plus to treating these weeds in the fall, is that it will curb any germination of that weed for the upcoming spring.

If you follow these tips for treating broadleaf weed control, your lawn will thank you and you’ll be one step ahead when the spring weather starts.

Contact us at Evergreen and we’ll help you figure out exactly how to get your lawn looking its best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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