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Pre-emergence herbicides form the backbone of weed control programs. Pre-emergent herbicides don’t actually kill weed seeds before germination. Instead, they fatally interrupt their growth process in some way to prevent the seed from getting all the way through the seed germination stage.

Our certified and licensed technicians have extensive training and experience treating lawns. The use of pre-emergents requires proper timing to be most effective, and of course requires extra safety measures. Allow our team to save you the hassle, get your yard weed-free!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does pre-emergent weed control work?

There are three things to understand:

  • Pre-emergent herbicides are intended to control weed seeds that are germinating. As the name suggests, they aren’t meant for weeds that are visible above ground. As a weed germinates, sprouting from its seed, it will hit the herbicide barrier.
  • Pre-emergent herbicides must be mixed correctly and should be applied evenly to blanket the are a you’re targeting.
  • Pre-emergent herbicide must be watered. Water activates the herbicide so the barrier you’re aiming for is created just below the surface.

Will I have a weed-free yard if I use pre-emergent weed control?

Weed control isn’t a do-it-once project. Any seeds that remain dormant won’t be harmed by a pre-emergent herbicide, for one thing. Some weeds will sprout in your yard after arriving by air from your neighbor’s yard or even patches of weeds miles upwind. With soil, sunlight, and water, weeds are going to grow. In addition to regular and timely application of appropriate herbicides, a thick, healthy yard or lawn is effective at helping to keep them under control.

What’s the difference between selective and non-selective weed killers?

A weed killer that’s selective destroys weeds but doesn’t harm surrounding plants. If you want to eliminate weeds in a flower bed or lawn, you need a selective weed killer so you don’t kill the grass or desirable plants. On the other hand, if you’re targeting weeds along a fence or pool, you can use non-selective weed killers because you won’t be putting plants that you want to keep alive at risk.