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Applying Plant Bed Pre-Emergent Weed Control: When, How, & Why

Cue the dramatic villain music. We’re talking about weeds.

Weeds, those idiots, pop up in your precious Idaho flower beds, practically overnight.

You pull them and toss them. They come back. Then repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It’s hellish out there, right?

Time for pre-emergent herbicide. (Cue the exciting superhero music.)

Can plant bed pre-emergent weed control help end this maddening cycle?

Stop crying and let’s take a look.

What Exactly is Pre-emergent Herbicide?

Unlike other weed control products that kill weeds that have already sprouted, pre-emergent herbicides work ahead of time, preventing seeds of unwanted plants from sprouting in your landscape beds in the first place. They target the weed seeds before they have a chance to germinate.

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Why Bother Applying Pre-emergent Weed Control?

If you hate constantly pulling weeds out of your flower beds — and who doesn’t? — pre-emergent herbicide is a great option to help control those weeds.

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While most flower bed weeds are mostly just an unsightly nuisance, they can steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from your precious flowers.

Be aware that one pre-emergent herbicide treatment doesn't mean you won't have any weeds, but it will significantly reduce the number of them.

When to Apply Pre-emergent Weed Control to Plant Beds?

Timing is important.

Here in Idaho we typically start applying plant bed pre-emergent around April 1st.

It depends on snow and temperatures, though. Anybody who lives here knows we can go straight from winter to spring practically overnight.

How to Apply Pre-emergent Weed Control to Plant Beds

Plant bed pre-emergent comes in both granular and liquid form.

When a homeowner applies pre-emergent weed control for plant beds, a granular type is the best bet. It’s much easier to handle, and you don't have to worry about mixing it properly.

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Caution, though: absolutely read and follow the label instructions. Some pre-emergent products aren’t designed for turf, and can damage the lawn if any stray granules get in it.

Here at Lawn Buddies, our technicians use liquid pre-emergent for flower beds. We’re pros at mixing the formulas and have large tanks to carry and store it. And we like the results it produces.

Are Your Plants Ready for a New Best Friend?

Weeds are the worst.

Zap them before they sprout and you can spend your free time doing all kinds of fun stuff instead of crouching in your plant beds and swearing.

Pre-emergent weed control for plant beds is available as an add-on service for our Idaho Falls and Boise customers who use our full-service lawn care program.

That gives you extra peace of mind — choose an Idaho Falls or Boise professional lawn care service that bundles your yard’s most-needed treatments into one convenient, no-fuss plan, plus know you’ll be spending less time toiling in your garden pulling pesky weeds.

Fertilizing, weed control, grub control. Done. Weed control. Double done.

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