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Weed Control: Pre-Emergent vs Post-Emergent Herbicide Explained

If you’re like a lot of homeowners, weeds are the bane of your existence. But when it comes to the most effective weed control, you want to make sure that you’re taking a varied approach using different products.

Different weeds are going to be a problem at different times of the year and for that reason, a varied weed control approach is going to get you the most success.

This includes the use of both pre and post emergent herbicide.

In this article, we’ll explain the difference between pre and post emergent herbicide and why both need to be part of your weed control plan.

The Difference Between Pre and Post Emergent Herbicide

Pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control products have two different purposes but ultimately work together to help you have a more complete solution.

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Pre-emergent weed control works by preventing weeds from germinating in the first place. These products create a barrier that stops germination from occurring. It’s a proactive approach that plays a really important role in preventing certain weeds, like crabgrass. Unfortunately, pre-emergent products do not work on all varieties of weeds, which is why other weed control products are so important.  

There is a limited window of time in which pre-emergent products will work. They must be applied prior to germination in order to be effective. The best timing for pre-emergent application can differ slightly from year to year as it is largely dependent on soil temperatures (and when germination is going to occur).

Pre-Emergent vs Post-Emergent Herbicide

While pre-emergent products will help prevent a lot of crabgrass, there is always going to be some breakthrough. This is why post-emergent products are also important. 

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As the name implies, post-emergent herbicides work on weeds that have already germinated. 

Post-emergent weed control works on weeds that have already come out of the ground and are actively growing. They travel down the stalk of the weed to its root system to kill the weed.

There’s More to Weed Control Than Just Post-Emergent vs. Pre-Emergent Herbicide

There’s no doubt that pre and post emergent herbicide controls are an important part of your weed control program. But there’s more to it than that. 

There are also specialty controls that are sometimes required…and there’s the need for an overall lawn care program that focuses on promoting a thick and healthy lawn.

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The truth is, when your lawn grows thick and healthy, it will start to naturally choke out weeds on its own. That’s truly the best approach to weed control that you could ever take. Over time, you’ll need fewer control products as your lawn will begin to crowd out those unwanted invaders.

That’s why it’s so important to invest in quality lawn care services in Southern NH, ME, and MA. Ultimately, you want to choose a lawn service that takes a comprehensive approach to weed control and has robust lawn care programs that promote the healthiest possible turf.

Let Go of Your Weedy Worries

There’s no doubt that weeds can be a major nuisance. But when you invest in professional lawn care services in Southern NH, ME, and MA, you can enjoy more time outside without being burdened or stressed by weeds. 

At Seacoast Turf Care, we take weeds seriously. We provide lawn care services in Southern NH, Southern Maine, and Northeastern Massachusetts and our emphasis is on a science-based approach that promotes a healthier lawn. When you partner with us, you can finally let go of your weedy worries. 

Ready to be where the grass is greener, healthier, and free from weeds? Get lawn care pricing for your Southern NH, ME, or MA lawn.

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