September 5 2009 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

September 5, 2009

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds in your turfgrass this winter. Portrait is excellent for broadleaf weed control, but a Crabgrass preventer with Dimension tends to minimize both broadleaf weeds as well as annual unwanted grassy weeds.

The product Amaze or XL-2G is an excellent pre-emergent herbicide in flower beds for weed control prevention. Always read and follow label instructions.

Use a 41% plus glyphosate-type herbicide to eliminate all existing grass and weeds in areas you intend to develop this fall or next spring as cultivated beds. Always use a spreader sticker in the dilution process for better uniformity and activity of the non-selective herbicide.

Do not bag grass clippings. This is free fertilizer for your turfgrass. Clippings decompose quickly, thanks to earthworms and various microorganisms.

David Rodriguez is the County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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