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Ask the Contractor: Now is time to get ahead of weeds in your yard

Delicate-looking bind weeds are quick to surround and smother garden plants … so kill them! (Courtesy photo)

Delicate-looking bind weeds are quick to surround and smother garden plants … so kill them! (Courtesy photo)

With our busy lives of working part-time, being retired part-time, traveling part-time and then family full time, we have discovered there is no time — either full-time or part-time — that is available to keep our landscape weed-free. We need special expertise to know how to eliminate weeds without killing off the plants. — Dick and Barbara, Prescott.

“It’s not easy bein’ weed-free” and with our wet winter, weed-free will hardly be the case. I phoned my landscaping buddies and with a resounding agreement, they all affirmed: apply pre-emergent.

Marc Vetere of Manzanita Landscaping said “professional weed control services should always have multiple strategies available to create a customized plan that targets weed control.”

“It’s not a question of if you need pre-emergent weed control it’s a matter of when is the best time to take action to prevent unsightly weeds from taking over your landscape,” said Josh Crothers of Prescott Landscape Professionals.

It is hard to be proud of a yard that is full of difficult-to-control weeds and I am a faithful homeowner of the pre-emergent spray. It works.

“Ideally, with the application of pre-emergent you would stop difficult weeds before they even appear and pre-emergent weed control is a good practice to adhere to,” said Chris Welborn, owner of Prescott Tree & Weed Spray.

Pre-emergent along with tailored strategies for successful eradication of weeds is important in our area as weeds seem to sprout overnight. We have difficult-to-control perennial weeds, we have weeds that are able to survive and reproduce even in adverse conditions. And we have weeds that are not supposed to survive underground from year to year; however, they manage to emerge at different times of the year when pre-emergent weed killers aren’t active. How do those pesky weeds know?

Our local pre-emergent weed control applicators use products that are designed to work before a plant germinates in early spring. For difficult annual weeds, multiple applications may be required — first at the start of spring and then at carefully timed intervals as secondary flushes of germination come on as the seasons progress.

Our local pre-emergent professionals are licensed, and can apply tailored solutions to target existing weeds through a landscaped area or zone treatment. The licensed applicators know the right mixture, how to apply at the right intervals and, ultimately, stop the weeds!

Several years ago when weeds moved in, I applied a pre-emergent herbicide to the weed area. I used the right product, but boy-oh-boy was my timing all wrong. We applied the pre-emergent well after the most common yard weeds had already emerged, which totally defeated my purpose of applying a pre-emergent.

I learned the hard way as the name suggests, pre-emergent must be applied before weeds emerge to have any real effect, since they work by preventing weed seeds from germinating in the first place. If you wait until after the weeds emerge, the pre-emergent does not have any effect. I am sure there are many unsuspecting folks who do just that. So, I say, call the professionals.

Timing to eradicate, eliminate and exterminate those pesky weeds is critical.

Keep in mind that you’ll never get rid of all the weeds in your yard. The wind will blow weed seeds from nearby neighbors’ yards to yours, birds will deposit them and we can even transport weed seeds on our shoes. Onward and arm in arm with pre-emergent to fight the battle the weeds.

As a sidenote, the State of Arizona requires licensing for applicators of weed control. The license category is “Ornamental and Turf,” which allows application of weed control.

It is important to verify that the company hired is a “Certified Applicator” and that the individual is licensed by the Arizona Pest Management Division (PMD), allowing the certified applicator to apply general or restricted-use pesticides according to label directions, while employed by a PMD-licensed business. There is an enormous amount of education and certification involved to be a certified applicator and a licensed business to conduct herbicide spraying.

Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time every Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM, 95.5 FM or online at Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry, meet your local community partners, and so much more. What a great way to start your weekend.

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