Our lawn care service in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas controls weeds in your home lawn, with applications of fertilizers and weed-control products to the lawn. However, we don’t apply these same products into landscape beds where flowers and shrubs are located. Sure, some of the granular fertilizer pellets will shoot into adjoining beds close to the turf, and that can help the plants some that are growing there. But much of the herbicides we are applying to the lawn cannot be sprayed into the beds, as they could harm desirable plants growing there. So we are always very careful when spraying lawn areas that have adjoining flowers and shrubs.
We do have a special optional program, our Weed-Control in Beds Program, which specifically targets weeds that can grow into ornamental beds. This is not only an eyesore, these weeds will compete for water and nutrients needed by the plants you are trying to grow. With this, we apply a special granular pre-emergent herbicide named Snapshot, which safely prevents many grassy and some broadleaf weeds from germinating. We apply this in early spring with our Round 1 Treatment, and again in early fall with our Round 6 treatment. It’s not 100%, and it does not stop nutgrass from coming up. That will just have to be pulled up by hand during the season.
During one or more of our summer treatments, we then go in and apply another special herbicide named Fusilade. It can be sprayed over the top of most flowers and ornamentals to control grassy weeds such as crabgrass and even bermudagrass which often creeps in from the lawn and can take over a bed if left un-checked. It does not harm ornamentals, and yet will kill any grassy plant, including bermudagrass. It’s very tough to keep bermudagrass out of beds, but if this is done once or twice per summer, it really makes a difference.
Another cultural practice to help keep weeds from taking over a shrub bed is to properly mulch. It not only looks better and helps preserve soil moisture, it also makes it more difficult for weed seeds to reach the soil and germinate. Now is a good time to add some fresh mulch to your ornamental beds.
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