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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 5:00 am

Got a fall landscape project scheduled? Do some prep work now, for fewer problems after the new landscape is in.

If you plan to convert some of your turf areas to landscape or expand your landscaped beds, consider weed management well in advance to planting. The proper mange of Bermuda grass, nutsedge (nutgrass), field bind weed and other noxious weeds prior to landscaping can make a new landscape a joy. Failing to control these noxious weeds prior to planting, can be disastrous.

The proper use of recommended herbicides is an easy and effective way to eliminate or suppress these weeds. To get the very best results, be sure to read and follow the label. You will get better, safer control results. A label comes with the product or you can look it up on line and read the label before purchase so you will have a better idea of what to expect.

Now is a good time to control some of these difficult weeds because of recent rain. The rain has made the grass and weeds grow vigorously. Even though we’ve had rain, water the target area a few days in advance. Spray early in the day when there is some moisture in the air and wind speeds are low. Stressed grass and weeds will not absorb herbicides effectively and control will be poor.

Avoid mowing two days prior to and after spraying. Depending on the herbicide and target weed, you may want to wait several days after mowing to spray. Plants must have time to recover and grow enough foliage to be sprayed for herbicide uptake. Stage of growth can have a bearing on control, too. Perennial plants are most effectively controlled with glyphosate when they are in the reproductive phase (flowering or seed stage).

Nutsedge may be lurking in your proposed landscape area. Look carefully especially in grass areas where it blends in.

Nutsedge leaf texture is very shiny, so look when the sunlight is reflecting off the plants for very shiny looking grass.

Nutsedge may require multiple sprays of recommended herbicides to reduce the population.

It can be suppressed with halosulfuron and/or glyphosate. These two products can even be tank mixed.

Don’t wait until the night before the landscape project is scheduled to begin. It takes about a month to do a good job of getting rid of Bermuda grass, and other tough weeds may take that long too.

Even if Bermuda is going to be removed with a sod cutter, it will need to be sprayed and killed because it is so deeply rooted.

Get some re-leaf by doing your homework now.

Control noxious weeds well in advance to installing a new landscape or landscape bed.

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