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Weed killers

I’m sure we all remember being kids and seeing dandelions and being enthralled by their “beauty” and how much joy they can bring when you make a wish and blowing those white seeds all over the place. I would always imagine that they were traveling to far away lands that I myself, might get to see.

That’s all good and fun, but as an adult, I find myself being a little more bothered by them, as they have decided to wreak havoc in my flower beds, along with many other types of weeds. I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself “Can I really have a weed-free yard, or is that just the stuff of my wildest dreams?” Actually, you can. Being the best landscape company in not only Richardson, but the surrounding areas, Alterra wants to help you achieve this goal.

First of all, you need to identify what kinds of weeds you have. Unfortunately, one method does not work for all the different weeds that could be plaguing you. It is imperative that you figure out whether your pesky little friends are annuals or perennials. If they are annuals, you fortunately have an easier battle ahead of you, as perennials live for years and spread underground. Annuals have one life cycle during the season and then they typically die, so it is easier to get rid of these guys.

Alterra, the best landscape company in DFW, wants to share a few general tips to avoid the growth of these little buggers as well as a couple tips to eradicate them once they have invaded your glorious turf.

First things first, it seems to be a common misconception that you cannot fertilize ENOUGH. That’s actually false. If you want us to help you succeed in this dream of an immaculate lawn, you must learn to fertilize just enough. Too much fertilization will actually cause more weed growth.

Secondly, PLEASE do not overwater!! We here at Alterra have been there, done that, and it never ends up well. Not only is this bad for the surrounding environment, it will create the perfect environment for thriving weeds to live their best days in your lawn.

Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Well crap, I already have weeds, so what do I do now?” Have no fear fellow lawn lovers, Alterra is here to save the day! That’s what makes us the best landscape company in DFW of course!!

What you basically need to know, is the difference between post and pre emergence herbicides. It’s kind of self explanatory just by looking at the name. Simply speaking, Post emergence herbicide is one that kills weeds that have already sprung out of the ground. It’s an “active weed killer” meaning that it just kills weeds that are actively growing. Now, onto pre-emergence herbicide. This is an herbicide that kills weeds that are still in the ground. These pre-emergence herbicides tend to have a more potent formula. If you are looking for something more natural, chances are, it will work, but you will need to apply more than once to get the desired effect. Post emergence weed killers come in two forms. One form, kills the part of the weed that you spray the herbicide on. This is the contact-killer. This might seem great, but the second type of herbicide is actually more effective. This is called the systemic herbicide and it kills the plant from the inside out. Essentially circulating through the whole weed and knocking its light out!!

Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about here at Alterra! We prefer to eradicate these pesky weeds once and for all. Thanks so much for taking the time to read. We hope this was helpful in your never-ending battle.

Please stay tuned for more on lawn and hardscape maintenance from your favorite landscape company, Alterra!

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