When is the best time to control weeds in your lawn? The answer may surprise you, but it’s actually fall. Late season applications of herbicides strike weeds when they are most vulnerable, making it easier to kill weeds this time of year than any other.
To control weeds in the fall there is one catch: they won’t die off overnight. Unlike spring applications, when you sometimes see some curling of leaves within hours, the process happens much more gradually in the fall. Depending on the type of weed and the soil conditions, you may not see any visible signs of death until much later on, or even prior to winter. Rest assured…these weeds are dying from the inside out and they will not survive the winter.
Some very hard to kill weeds like ground ivy (Creeping Charlie) for example, will be much easier to control in the fall. After spraying you won’t see much change in the leaves other than some discoloration, but by the time the snow melts in the spring the weeds will be gone…or at least a big percentage of them.
Here are some pointers for tackling your fall weed control project this year:
October is the Month: The best time to apply weed control is anytime in October. Two applications are best, applied 2 weeks apart. This is when the weeds are in full food storage mode which is needed for winter survival. The weed control will disrupt this process.
Liquid or Granules: Granule applications may be suitable for common weeds, but the hardest to kill weeds should be treated with a liquid herbicide. Our go-to product for the hardest to kill weeds is Super Brush and Weed Killer.
Turbo time: Turbo is a professional grade “Spreader – Sticker” that you mix with liquid weed killers to supercharge their performance. Turbo should be mixed with our Super Brush and Weed Killer prior to applying.
Seeding: If you’ve done some fall seeding in your lawn, you’ll need to avoid these areas or to only spot-treat larger weeds, being careful not to spray seeded areas around the weed….weed killers will also kill seeds and young seedlings.
Fertilize: The best way to control weeds in your lawn is to maintain a healthy thick lawn. Fertilizing— especially in the fall — is very important and will help do this. Apply Earl May Fall Lawn Food anytime in October and November with the best time being about the time of your last mowing.