With the window to make fall pre-emergent applications on warm-season turfgrasses closing, here are some last-minute pointers for pre-emergent treatment.

It’s a good idea to remove as much thatch material as possible before making any applications. Though this may be tough for some situations, it can make a big difference in the success of any pre-emergent treatment. 

It’s also important to rotate pre-emergent chemistries. Using the same herbicides repeatedly will lead to plant resistance. Consider using a different type of herbicide than you plan to use in a spring pre-emergent application. Split applications and varied directions are helpful as well.

As always, timing and weather considerations are key. If you’ve missed your pre-emergent application this fall, consider cleaning up any unwanted weeds with a post-emergent application instead. Glyphosate is a good product for post-emergent treatment, but wait until the turf is completely dormant before applying.

Whether you’re squeezing in pre-emergent treatments yet this fall, cleaning up with post-emergent applications, or planning ahead for next year, follow this advice for the best results. And as always, reach out to your local ATS sales representative with any questions you may have.