We’ve had an unusually moist winter and most of us thoroughly enjoyed the change in temperatures and the additional rain and snow. If you weren’t here this past week, you missed a full day of wet stuff (snow and rain) and picturesque snow capped mountains. It has been a far wetter (and colder) winter than we’ve seen in a while. It harkened back to what winter was like in the 70s. The good news is that all that moisture is probably going to result in a spectacular wildflower season.
The bad news is that all this moisture is also going to encourage plenty of weeds for us to deal with for the next several months. If you have had a weed problem in the past, it is likely that you will continue to have problems because weeds drop seeds that linger waiting for future rains to give them new life. Even if you haven’t had problems in the past, the quantity of moisture is likely to make for ideal conditions for weeds.
Please ensure you are addressing the weeds in your yard regularly and be prepared to have an action plan as the weeds are likely to keep on coming. Whether you are here or not, you do need to ensure your yard is weed free. Your neighbors will thank you!
To reduce problems in future years there are really only two alternatives:
- When the weeds first appear, dig them out before they have a chance to drop seeds which will hang around causing you issues in the future. It is always easiest to dig out weeds when the ground is wet and the weed is young. Weeds that go to seed can cause problems for several years. Our damp earth right now is a great time to get a little exercise and get the weeds pulled.
- An alternative is to consider using a pre-emergent prior to the rainy season. Pre-emergents attack the seeds and prevent the growth of the weeds.
Persistence pays off when dealing with weeds regardless of which alternative you pick. Know that if you have had a weedy yard in the past, unless you have taken some sort of corrective action, you are likely to have it again — and it is likely to get worse each year. The only thing that will reduce or stop the issue is to remove the weeds before they have a chance to reseed. This has to be done several years running as seeds can lie dormant for a long time.