West Georgia homeowners will see an increase in weed development and activity with weeds germinating earlier than average years.
We recommend an early start to your lawn service weed control and fertilization.
Long-range weather forecast for West Georgia indicated that our winter would be warmer and rainier than average, along with less than average snowfall. The coldest month will be February and also the most likely time to see snow. As spring approaches, April and May will be warmer than usual, with average rainfall.
With this, homeowners will see an increase in weed development and activity with weeds germinating earlier than prior years.
Crabgrass germination occurs later in winter, typically between February and March. But it can vary by year depending on location, rainfall, and temperature. Germination for Crabgrass usually starts when the soil temperature is around 55°F two inches deep over three days. Currently, this target soil temperature-depth has been significantly above 55°F for several weeks. So expect to see Crabgrass formation at any time. Before you panic, remember that Crabgrass cannot survive cold temperatures, so if we get freezing/frosting conditions, that will kill off this early Crabgrass germination.
Other variety of weeds, like Dallisgrass, will get a jump start on spring due to the warmer temperatures and wetter conditions in West Georgia.
What can a homeowner do right now to avert this dilemma and prevent weed infestation in their lawns? The answer is to have a comprehensive action plan with timely applications of a combination of pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides (lawn services weed control).
The most effective way to control weeds like Crabgrass is a pre-emergence herbicide. We especially recommend for West Georgia lawns with a history of weed-related problems. Post-emergent herbicides aid in the elimination of many types of broadleaf weeds that are already germinated and growing.
In many ways, it’s much easier to manage unwanted winter weeds over summer weeds. Nevertheless, if you neglect them, winter weeds can become a significant burden, distracting you from other much needed seasonal maintenance.
Start your lawn service’s weed treatment today, and save more time for the spring.
It’s always easier to maintain a weed-free lawn than to recover from heavy weeds. A proactive weed control service will still pay for itself in the end.