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What to Do About Winter Weeds in Texas Landscaping

Jack Moore
Dec 4, 2023 11:30:00 AM

No matter what the time of year, weeds are an unwanted nuisance on your property. Given our year-round growing climate in North TX, some weeds will still be persistent in the winter months. This is not only a problem for the lawn but for landscaped areas, as well. When weeds pop up they can be an eyesore that you quickly want to get rid of.

While a lot of people struggle with what to do about Texas winter weeds in their landscaping, you may be surprised to learn that there is an effective way to prevent them in the first place. In this article, we’ll talk about what you can do to prevent future winter weeds as well as what you can do if you’re currently dealing with them.

How to Prevent Winter Weeds in Texas Landscaping

There’s no question that the best thing that you can do to address winter weeds is to prevent them in the first place. Grassperson achieves this goal for our Total Maintenance customers by utilizing applications of fall and early winter pre-emergent treatments. This is one of the many services that we perform as a comprehensive property care service. 

These pre-emergent treatments work by preventing winter weeds which germinate from seeds from germinating in the first place. That means it won’t work on weeds that spread by other means. Since many weeds do spread by seeds, this will definitely have a big impact on reduction. 

landscape flower bed without weeds

In addition, it’s important to note that in flower beds, specialized products that can address weeds but won’t harm desired plant material are used. We understand that you don’t want your desired plants to stop growing.

At Grassperson, we typically follow up a pre-emergent application with mulching. Mulch is an effective weed suppressant when applied to landscaped beds that have already been treated with pre-emergent products. This will further reduce the likelihood of weeds breaking through.

When Winter Weeds are Already a Problem

Of course, you might be reading this article and already dealing with weeds. It’s now too late to apply pre-emergent products because weeds that spread by seed have already germinated. Similarly, mulching at this point is not going to be effective in terms of weed suppression. Aggressive weeds are still going to breakthrough.

Now, you might be looking into winter weed killer options.

While there are post-emergent weed control products that can be sprayed selectively in landscaped beds for winter weed control, our preferred method is good old-fashioned hand-pulling

At Grassperson, we do offer an option for our Total Maintenance customers to manually hand-pull winter weeds in flower beds. If homeowners call us to specifically target winter weeds, we’ll manually address what they are currently dealing with by hand-pulling the weeds and tilling the soil. Then, we’ll make sure that they receive pre-emergent controls going forward so that winter weeds are not a problem in the future.

Incorporating a Year-Round Strategy to Target All Weeds

While winter weeds are a definite nuisance, it’s important to point out that spring and fall are even worse times of the year when it comes to weed growth. That’s why you want weeds to be addressed in your landscaping year-round.

landscape flower bed maintenance in North Texas

Managing weeds in North Texas takes a committed approach that is vigilant no matter what the time of year. The truth is, effective weed control requires a year-round layered approach of proactive pre-emergent applications that stop the growth of weeds in the first place along with landscaping best practices like professional mulching.

In addition, hand-pulling weeds when there is breakthrough (or if you’ve failed to apply pre-emergent) can also be used as an effective method.

We understand how frustrating it can be to feel as though you’re in a battle against persistent weeds, especially if they appear to be winning. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

If you’re looking for someone to care for your entire property in a comprehensive manner, our Total Maintenance program, takes a holistic approach that can successfully target not only winter weeds in TX, but weeds in general (both in your landscaped areas as well as your lawn) so that you can be on your way to having the best-looking property on the block.

Ready to have a truly impressive Northern Texas yard with beautiful weed-free landscaping? Get in touch with us so we can talk about a year-round, Total Maintenance approach to weed control.

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