Spring is a crucial season for weed control in Bermuda grass lawns. As the lawn starts to green up, weeds also begin their growth cycle, making it imperative to act promptly. This article aims to provide lawn care professionals with an in-depth understanding of effective weed control strategies for Bermuda grass during the spring season.
The Timing for Pre-Emergent Herbicides
If you haven’t applied a pre-emergent herbicide yet, the onset of spring is the ideal time to do so. Pre-emergent herbicides work by preventing weed seeds from germinating, thus reducing the need for post-emergent treatments later in the season.
Identifying the Type of Weeds
While it may be tempting to spray any weed in sight, it’s crucial to identify the type of weed you’re dealing with. Whether it’s a broadleaf, grassy, or sedge type weed will determine the kind of herbicide you should use.
For existing weeds, over-the-counter weed killers available at big box stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot can be effective. However, it’s essential to choose a product that targets the specific type of weed you’re dealing with.
Special Considerations for Celsius and Certainty
If you’re using herbicides like Celsius and/or Certainty, be prepared for a slower response time during the spring. Weeds take longer to ingest the herbicide, delaying the time it takes to effectively kill off the weed. However, Celsius and Certainty are two of the best investments you’ll make when it comes to herbicides. They’re compact meaning less garage clutter. They don’t have temperature restrictions which is great if you live in a climate that is over 85F in the summer. Lastly, they’re very concentrated so even though a bottle is over $100, it’ll last you a very long time for most lawns. Consider splitting it with a buddy if it’s too much to use.
Leveraging Smart Controllers for Herbicide Application
Smart controllers aren’t just for watering; they can also be programmed to assist with herbicide applications. Devices like the Rachio 3 can be set to remind you when it’s time for the next herbicide application, ensuring that you never miss a crucial window for effective weed control.