With this past summer’s drought in some areas and above average rainfall in others, your flowerbeds are primed for an invasion of winter weeds.
Winter weeds are the sneaky ones. They germinate in fall or early winter, grow extremely slowly overwinter, then surge with sudden growth, as spring weather arrives, seeming to be everywhere, all at once. Winter weeds, including henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum), chickweed (Stellaria media), and Persian speedwell (Veronica persica) are generally both prolific and pesky.
The answer is a fall application of Preen Garden Weed Preventer or Preen Southern Weed Preventer. Either provides a low-maintenance solution for stopping winter weeds from taking over the ornamental spring garden. Preen works by stopping weed seeds from sprouting. Preen Garden Weed Preventer or Preen Southern Weed Preventer both form barriers that keep weed seeds from germinating in flower beds. Moreover, since cold temperatures actually lengthen the effective time of Preen, an application in fall also prevents weeds from sprouting in very early spring. Preen thus provides a “double jump” on spring weeding tasks by tackling these off-season weed invaders.