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Pre-emergent - before or after mowing when coming out of dormancy

Posted by twolabs NE Texas (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 6, 14 at 16:07

Hello all!

I have tifway bermuda and I think I might be a little late applying my pre-emergent. I have a few grassy weeds popping up here and there and the bradford pears are starting to bloom in my area. I looked up the soil temp for my area and it says between 55-60.

My question is, I noticed that digging down through the grass (I left it long to help protect it over the winter), the bermuda is starting to come out of dormancy. I know according to the bermuda bible, that I should scalp the yard at this time and discard the clippings. However, it also says to apply the pre-emergent before I mow for the first time.

So my questions are:

1) Do I go ahead and apply the pre-emergent?
2) If so, how long should I wait before the initial mow?

If the answer is now, I guess I should go ahead and mow as soon as possible and then apply?

Thanks for all the help!

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RE: Pre-emergent - before or after mowing when coming out of dorm

I'm not sure why the Bermuda Bible suggests mowing afterwards. Generally the time to apply is when the forsythia start to bloom. That is assuming you have that plant. We don't seem to this far south, but I'm pretty sure y'all do up there.

You might be seeing weeds which sprouted in the fall and remained dormant all winter. Many wildflowers, including Bluebonnet, are like that.

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