Weed, Pest & Disease Control & Other Helpful Tips

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This article provides landscape and garden tips for November in Zone 8
by Brett · Zone 7A · 0° to 5° F to Zone 9A · 20° to 25° F · Growing Basics · 0 Comments · November 06, 2010 · 12,467 views

Weed, Pest, And Disease Control & Other Helpful Tips & Reminders

Apply a weed preventer to your lawn.

If you would prefer not to apply winterizer fertilizer to your Bermuda or Zoysia lawn at this time, however still want to control winter weeds such as poa annua and henbit, apply a weed preventer such as Lebanon Team 2G to control winter weeds.

Apply a weed preventer to landscape beds

To prevent weeds from emerging in your landscape beds (around shrubs and trees in mulched beds) you can apply a product containing Treflan, such as Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper. Avoid using products that contain both fertilizer and weed preventer as these could stimulate new growth that could be damaged by freezing temperatures.

Remove or kill weeds before they go to seed

Many warm season weeds set their seed during the fall. If you let existing weeds go to seed they will produce next years crop of weeds. Therefore, it is best to remove or kill weeds in your landscape beds and your lawn before they produce seed.

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Bring houseplants indoors

When night time temperatures are going to drop below 50 degrees bring your houseplants (tropical foliage plants) indoors. Before bringing them indoors inspect them for insects and wash the foliage.

Water plants and the lawn when necessary

Now that winter is here and most plants and lawn grasses have gone dormant you can turn your automated irrigation system off. You can still use the system manually during prolonged periods of dry weather. In fact, it's a good idea to give all your landscape plants and your lawn a good soaking of temperatures below 25 are forecasted. The moisture in the soil will help to insulate roots; protecting them from freeze damage. However, on the other hand, if you overwater your landscape plants or the lawn during the winter months, when the evaporation process has slowed down, this could cause serious disease problems such as root rot. Only provide supplemental water when necessary.

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