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 http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.