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Carpe Diem: How to apply pre-emergent

To keep weeds from growing, or even sprouting, you have to get to the root of the problem, or more specifically, the seed at the root of the problem.

This is the time of year that yard owners should be taking measures to prevent weeds from growing. To keep weeds from growing, or even sprouting, you have to get to the root of the problem, or more specifically, the seed at the root of the problem.

In this segment of "Carpe DIem," Sid Steadman, of Sunset Gardens, showed us how to apply pre-emergent to your yard.

"Reading the label is very important because all pre-emergent are a little different," Steadman said.

Once you read the label and determine how much of the granules you will need to cover the size of your yard, you simply put the pre-emergent in a fertilizer spreader and start walking around your yard. Steadman said the openings in the fertilizer spreader should be made smaller since the granules are much smaller than fertilizer. You should spread the granules evenly across the entire area of the yard where weeds might sprout. At some point, after applying the granules, you will need to water the pre-emergent.

Whether you should apply water immediately or after 24 hours depends on the brand you purchased, and Steadman says it's another reason to read the label. However, once you have applied the pre-emergent and watered it, the herbicide will release an enzyme that will kill the weed seeds so you don't have a new problem in the spring. .

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