Now is the time to start thinking about fall pre emergent herbicides. Though pre emergent herbicides can be applied any time, most people apply it in the spring and fall because that is when it works best. These herbicides do one thing and one thing only, they kill seeds. The trick is all about timing. Apply pre emergent herbicides before the seed starts to germinate. The rule of thumb is from the first of September to the first of November. The seeds aren’t necessarily sprouting in any specific month of the year since they depend on presence of soil, air and soil temperature, moisture and a specific amount of sunlight. When the conditions are met, the seed will sprout.
Pre emergent herbicides are available in both all-natural and synthetic forms. The all-natural alternative is corn gluten meal. It is available in both powder and granulated. The powder activates faster. The granulated is slower to activate but is considerably less of a mess to apply. Always read and follow the label directions.
It makes no difference if you are using all-natural or synthetic fertilizer. It should be applied this time of year.
You can find both all-natural and synthetic fertilizer options at all Farmer’s Coop locations.