By Jose Verduzco, Golf Course Superintendent

As temperatures begin to rise, so does the probability of unwanted summer weeds emerging on your property. Make sure to inspect your lawn/yard as spring approaches for any signs of weed germination. A good way to tell if the weeds are coming in is to look around for blooms on other plants. If plants are budding, it’s time to act. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent this problem.

Pre-emergent herbicides build a layer on the soil, preventing most of the unwanted broadleaf or grassy weeds from germinating. Treating the site on time can save the homeowner hours of pulling weeds. Ask your local hardware or horticulture store for products available in your area. Once you choose a product, make sure to read the label and apply as directed. Proper application can maximize your control on weeds and time by the pool in the summer months.