How To: Prevent Weeds
Are you sick and tired of pulling weeds?
Don't worry, you're not alone. Weeds are the bane of many gardeners existences. Why wouldn't you want to spend just a little time earlier in the season to help prevent things rather than dealing with the hassle of pulling or spraying later?
WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDES ARE WHERE IT'S AT.
These treatments work by killing weeds as they germinate. Since most weeds germinate in the spring, you get the most bang for your buck by putting them down early in the season before you see weeds. Here are some pre-emergent choices. Pick the one that's right for you.
Preen is a traditional treatment that can be used in flower and shrub beds. You simply spread the granules around your trees, shrubs, or flowers and let the granules get to work! Make sure not to spread it around newly transplanted annuals if they are under 3 inches tall as it may harm them. They also have an organic line suitable for use in vegetable gardens!
CORN MEAL GLUTEN
Corn meal gluten is an organic treatment that is suitable to use everywhere, including herb and vegetable gardens. It's applied the same way as Preen. It's also great if you have pets!
Traditional crab grass killer (left) and step one in the Scotts 5-step program are pre-emergent treatments for lawns. These will prevent other weeds from germinating in the lawn, new dandelions included! However, old dandelions that germinated last year will not be affected. The good news is, we have already won half the fight with those guys by preventing them from spreading! You can also apply Halts (middle) which is a great crabgrass and weed preventer or Turf Builder with Halts (right) if you want to feed your lawn at the same time!