Lawn Weed Control In Carlsbad, Artesia, & Southeast New Mexico

For professional weed control in Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico,
Contact Horizon Pest Control

Creating beautiful lawns in Southeast New Mexico often requires more than just applying weed killers once or twice a year. It can require a multi-step ongoing program of different elements to create a thick healthy lawn that also includes pre and post emergent herbicides as just one part of the program.

Photo of a weed free residential lawn

A Weed Free Lawn

Without a doubt, the most effective means of a weed free yard is a thick lush lawn that chokes out unwanted invasive plants. This often takes other means than simply applying herbicides to reach that point. However, once that point is reached, keeping weeds from taking a hold in your lawn generally requires minimal time, effort, and fewer chemicals.

This guideline will prove helpful whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a yard and weed control professional to help you with the project.

Using Post & Pre Emergent Herbicides

Pre-emrgent herbicides are chemicals that disrupt the sprouting and growth of newly germinated seeds while post emergent herbicides work to kill existing growing broadleaf and grassy weeds and stickers.

While the use of post and pre-emergent herbicides is an effective and often necessary tool in this multi-step program it is often misunderstood and not used correctly. A lot of folks are under the impression that they can simply apply weed killer and pre-emergent once a year in the Spring to their yard and have total weed control for the entire year. Not in most cases. This thinking not only leads to disappointment in their lawn care or pest control professional but also the idea that post and pre-emergent herbicides are not effective at all.

The fact is that weed control chemicals are very effective and should generally be applied at least twice a year and often more. At least once in the Spring and once in the Fall. However, there are several variables that can determine the frequency in which they should be applied. And oftentimes, more than two applications are needed.

Pre Emergents

The following considerations can be used to determine how long preemergent herbicides will stay effective in the soil and how many applications you may need a year -

  1. The Condition Of Your Lawn At The Beginning Of The Program – If your grass is thin or choked out completely by weeds it may be necessary to not only use weed killers at timed intervals a few times a year but also get on a specially designed program of soil conditioning, fertilizing, watering, and seeding.
  2. Soil Type – In Carlsbad, Artesia, and many areas of Southeast New Mexico, there can be several different soil types within the same area. From rich farm soil to totally organic depleted dirt to sandy soil to totally alkaline soils. This alone can determine how long the preemergents stay effective in the top layer of ground as well as how well post emergents even work.
  3. Types Of Weeds – Different types of plants germinate at different times of the year. Some in Spring, some in Summer, and some in the Fall. And while pre-emergents don’t generally last the entire season, most are not effective to all weeds and weed types. Also, some weed and grassy sticker plant seeds are viable for up to seven years or longer. And until they actually start to sprout, both post and preemergent herbicides will not be effective on them as these type of weed killers don’t sterilize the ground.
  4. Length Of Growing Season – Here in Carlsbad, Artesia, Southeast New Mexico, and a lot of the desert Southwest, the growing season is extended longer than in many areas. And since the effectiveness of these herbicides can dwindle over time and depending on the type of weeds or stickers you’re trying to control, it may be necessary to do up to three or more applications for good weed control.
  5. Amount Of Rainfall And Irrigation – Along with the type of soil and how long it holds the herbicides in the top layer of soil where seeds germinate, the amount of moisture that washes the herbicide into the soil must also be considered. The more moisture, the shorter the life of the herbicide and the more frequent the applications need to be.
  6. Type Of Pre Emergent – There are several pre emergent herbicides on the market to choose from. Some are effective longer than others. Along with that, their differences also make them effective on different weeds and types of weeds. Some work on broadleaf weeds such as dandelion while others are effective on grassy weeds like crabgrass and sand bur. And still, there are some that are somewhat effective on both. However, there are none that are effective to control all. It’s important to know your target and choose a pre-emergent that will give you the best protection for the longest amount of time. Do some research and read the labels.

Also See: The Best Time To Apply Pre-emergents In Southeast New Mexico for more information on proper timing and frequency of application.

About Split Applications Of Pre Emergents

A split application is the method of taking the yearly amount allowed on the label and splitting it into two applications over a period of time. This method generally gives longer protection against seeds that have longer germination cycles as well as increased season long protection against a larger variety of weeds.

Depending on the herbicide, the amount of time between applications could be anywhere between 4 to 16 weeks. The label will tell you the yearly amount allowed and many will give instructions regarding split applications.

Post Emergents / Weed Killers

As with pre-emergents, not all post emergent herbicides work on all types of weeds. Some work on broadleaf, some work on grassy types like sand bur and crabgrass, and some work on both. Again, it’s important to know your target, do a little research, and read the labels.

Probably the most common broadleaf herbicide still available to the general public is 2,4-D. It’s the active ingredient in Weed-B-Gone and other off the shelf herbicides. It can also be found in purer form at some farm and feed stores. If applied correctly, it generally does a good job of controlling a broad spectrum of the most common lawn weeds like dandelion.

Professional applicators, on the other hand, have access to a larger selection of herbicides that contain a combination of two or more active ingredients. Some of these are often referred to a 3 way herbicides because they contain a combination of 3 active ingredients. This gives the product the ability to control even a larger spectrum of weeds.

Some of these herbicides can be very dangerous to people, animals, and around other desirable plants. So if you happen to get your hands on them and plan on doing it yourself (which may be against the law), read and follow the label exactly.

As with all pesticides, fertilizers, and amendments, there are strict guidelines and instructions that should be followed such as -

  • - How much to use
  • - How much can be used in a year
  • - Proper timing between applications
  • - Proper handling
  • - Proper protective clothing that should be worn during application
  •  - Safety around other plants
  • - Correct application temperatures
  • - Proper weather and wind conditions during application
  • - How long before people and pets can re-enter the area
  • - And a list of other considerations specific to each herbicide used

Follow The Label – Follow The Label – Follow The Label

IT’S THE LAW

A Thick Lush Grass Lawn – The Best Defense

As I stated earlier, the best defense against weeds is a thick lush stand of turf. And so your first goal may be to begin to establish some thick grass. However, before you begin to seed or sod, there are some steps that need to be taken.

Keep in mind that if you plan to seed or sod a new lawn, you don’t want to apply any preemergents to the soil until after the lawn is well established. The chemicals not only prevent weed seeds from sprouting but also grass seeds or prune the roots of new sod. And while you do want to kill as many weeds and undesirable grasses as possible before planting, also keep in mind that post emergent weed killers can remain in the soil for several weeks after application. Generally a non-selective herbicide like Round Up is the best option. Consult the label before you apply anything.

The following things should be considered when attempting to establish a thick healthy lawn -

  1. The Condition Of The Soil – Either get the soil tested for ph and nutrient content by a professional, local extension service, or with a do it yourself kit that you can usually get from the local home garden center. Then adjust as necessary before you ever put any seed or sod to the ground. Adding organic matter is generally a good step in most soils as it will often buffer soils to the right ph, add nutrient content, and help in moisture retention.
  2. Plant The Correct Turf Type – Is the area shady, sunny, or both? If you’re starting with a Bermuda lawn in a sunny location, I suggest that you stay with the Bermuda turf type. While there are many Fescue varieties that do well in sunny hot locations here in Southeast New Mexico, Bermuda is a very aggressive grass and will generally choke out Fescue and other cool season grasses in a few seasons unless you eradicate it completely before you begin. If your yard is totally shady, go with a Fescue or other shady grass as Bermuda will not dominate in shade. If there are both shady and sunny areas, we often have good results planting both Fescue and Bermuda. The Fescue will dominate in the shady areas while the Bermuda will dominate in the sunny locations.
  3. Proper Irrigation – This is critical for keeping a lawn optimal, lush, and healthy. If you don’t have a sprinkler system and don’t have the time to be constantly moving a hose, you may consider installing a sprinkler system. Drought stressed and thirsty lawns leave a lot of blank areas where only opportunistic weeds will grow.
  4. Replenish Nutrient Content With The Right Fertilizer – Not all lawn fertilizers are made for every application, geographical location, soil type, and time of year. Consult your local county extension agent for more information about fertilizing lawns in your specific location.

More information about establishing a lawn in New Mexico can be found at Turfgrass Establishment.

So, in conclusion – Pre and post emergent herbicides are a supplementary tool in good lawn weed control in Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico and not necessarily the first and most important step. Establishing a healthy thick stand of turf is.

Generally, when used as part of your weed control program, weed killers and pre emergents should be applied at least twice a year and possibly more depending on your specific situation. Once in the Spring, once in the Fall, and possibly in early Summer.

Professional Weed Control

If you live in the Carlsbad and Artesia New Mexico Area, Horizon Pest Control is available to either give free consultation to help you design a program to do it yourself or get you on schedule for professional weed control. We don’t require you to sign any contracts. Give us a call today at 575-725-9331.

Khaki Weed Control | How To Kill Khaki Weed

Khaki Weed Image

Khaki Weed Alternanthera caracasana

Khaki weed is one of the most difficult weeds to get rid of and control. As a matter of fact, a lot of the information that you find on this troublesome weed will tell you that you can’t get rid of it.

It can be found in the lawns of most southern states. We’ve found it to be present in over half of the lawns we treat in Carlsbad, Artesia, and most other areas in Southeast New Mexico.

Because of the amount of time, effort, and difficulty involved in eliminating Khaki weed we have placed it on our disclaimer list of weeds that won’t be controlled with our post and pre-emergent lawn applications. And because of the expense of hiring us or any other weed control company to remove it, we suggest it to be a do it yourself project which is the focus of this article. However, we will be glad to take care of it for you. Please just be aware that it will take an undetermined amount of service calls based on an hourly rate including chemicals.

Most Important Steps To Killing Khaki Weed

  1. The key, more than anything else, is diligent persistence. You can’t simply spray it once or pull it once and expect it to go away. It readily grows back from the existing tuber root or sprouts from existing seeds left from previous plants. Even spraying it with Glyphosate (Roundup) will only burn off the leaves and the plant generally regenerates from the root.
  2. Don’t let it go to seed. The sticker burs are the seed heads. While it’s not specifically researched by us, there is evidence that suggests that Khaki seeds are only viable for up to two years. So in the process of eliminating existing plants, make sure to cut off and dispose of any seed heads that may appear. With existing weeds killed and no new seeds, the problem will be under control within a few years. Ya. I know. A few years.

** NOTE ** While we will discuss the use of herbicides in this article, it cannot be considered as advice or recommendation of Horizon Pest Control, LLC of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The label on all pesticides is the law. If they’re even available to you at all, how and if you choose to use them is in your own discretion. The label is the law.

Identifying Khaki Weed

Khaki is a dark green perennial plant with succulent type leaves that has a matt like growth habit. Its seed heads are small hair like burrs which is one of the reasons this weed is such a problem in lawns.  See Khaki weed information from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

More Pictures Of Khaki Weed

 How To Kill Khaki Weed With Herbicide

** NOTE **  The herbicides mentioned here may or may not be available to the general public in your area. If not available, then it will be necessary to consult with a professional weed control company.

It’s easiest to kill these plants when they are young and in a tender immature stage in Spring. So you must monitor your lawn and begin treatment as soon as you begin to see young sprouts and continue as new sprouts emerge.

An initial general Spring time pre and post emergent treatment of the entire lawn to address these and other weeds is advisable. This will help eliminate most common weeds while giving the first application to the Khaki removal process. Generally, a three way herbicide like Trimec will give the best results.

** IMPORTANT NOTE **  Three way herbicides like Trimec and Celcius usually contain an herbicide called Dicamba. Dicamba can be dangerous to use around trees and other ornamental plants if not used correctly. Again, it is up to you to follow directions exactly. Read and follow the label. The label is the law.

It is our experience that it will take at least two and possibly more spot treatments of individual young plants to kill them. According to the timing interval and application rate that is allowed by the label, make these direct applications to individual young plants. If there are no trees or ornamentals present, it may be possible to use a three way herbicide. Otherwise, you can use a product with just 2,4-D. 2,4-D is generally available to the public at feed stores.

Use A Surfactant

*** This Is Important ***

Surfactants are compounds used to break the surface tension on the leaf surface of plants which allows the herbicide to penetrate better and be more effective. This is especially important on waxy leaf plants like khaki.

You can generally find professional surfactants online or at feed stores. However, an alternative compound that will do the trick is liquid detergent. NOT SOAP – DETERGENT. Simply adding a few drops into the mix will help break the surface tension on the leaf allowing the herbicide to penetrate better and do its job.

Stay on this program until the weeds are shriveled and dead. Again, only use these herbicides as long as the label allows and in the time frame and application rate allowed by the label. Also, remember to not let any plants go to seed during this time. Cut off any seed heads if necessary. It is pointless and a waste of energy to dig up the plant.

How To Get Rid Of Khaki Without Herbicide

This is a method we learned from a client and actually found it to be effective…most of the time. It involves pouring boiling water in the center of the plant. It is truly a do it yourself method that can be very time consuming if you have a lot of these weeds present in your lawn.

While it may be simple and chemical free, it still goes without saying that you need to be careful. Using a spill proof container such as a small spout tea kettle, you simply bring water to a boil and carry it into the yard where you have located the weeds.

Finding the exact center of the weed, you pour a small amount of boiling hot water in direct center of the plant where it comes out of the ground. You can watch the plant constrict and shrivel right before your eyes.

While we don’t know or can explain the science behind this, it is just an assumption that the boiling water causes the weed to constrict cutting off the life flow of any functions of the plant. It’s as simple as that…I guess.

Professional Weed Control

As I stated at the beginning of this article, due to the time involved, having a professional weed control company eliminate the Khaki Weed in your lawn could be expensive. You may choose to do it yourself because of this. However, if it’s something you don’t want to address, and you live in Carlsbad, Artesia, or Southeast New Mexico, you can contact Horizon Pest Control of Carlsbad, New Mexico and we will be glad to give you an idea of what it may cost.

Otherwise, we wish you great success in getting rid of this troublesome weed from your lawn and yard.

 

Controlling Ticks By Breaking The Tick Life Cycle

If you’ve ever had to address a tick infestation, you already know how difficult or even impossible they can be to control. Like most folks, you probably armed yourself with an insecticide labeled and guaranteed for ticks, mixed it just like the label says, sprayed the yard and house just like the label says, and felt confident that the deed was done and the infestation was under control.

Brown Dog tick

Brown Dog Tick

In most instances it usually doesn’t go quite like that. Generally, most folks just make one application. It will have visible results of a quick knockdown and it will appear that they have the ticks under control. Then, slowly after a few weeks, they’re back.

So they spray again. However, this time it seems that no matter what they do or how much insecticide they use, they just can’t get them out of the yard, out of the home, and off of the pets.

Most homeowners with good intentions usually realize failure rather than success because they take the wrong approach. Making only one light application of one type of pesticide, they don’t realize that some ticks even of the same species have a natural tolerance to some insecticides. Resistance is questionable but has been proven in some types of insects. Regardless, by the time a professional is called, his or her job is even more difficult in designing an effective program.

Why Are Ticks So Hard To Control?

Initially, it’s not so much that they’re hard to control. It’s that most folks don’t understand that controlling ticks is a timed process that requires several steps and applications to break their life cycle. It most often takes a little more of a systematic approach than simply spraying the consumer strength insecticides that are available to you.

Important considerations for a successful tick control program

  • - It’s a timed process of more than one application
  • - Using different classes of insecticides give the best results
  • - Proper ratios and application rates are critical
  • - The use of Insect growth regulators (IGR’s) give better results
  • - Use an adjuvant for better penetration into the ticks body
  • - Pets need to be treated at the same time the yard and home are treated
  • - The yard must be clean and mowed
  • - All areas even under obstacles need to be treated
  • - Continued maintenance is critical for tick control

Insecticide Resistance Or Tolerance?

Insecticide resistance is questionable but not entirely out of the question. It has been proven in a lot of different insects including some cattle tick populations. However, tolerance to a specific class of insecticide is more probable. To be on the safe side and why we believe our tick treatment programs are so successful, we use a different class of pesticide in our second treatment.  Some ticks simply won’t die no matter how much of certain classes of insecticides you use.

Just to be clear, a different name of insecticide does not mean a different class. For instance, Bifenthrin and pyrethrin are different named but in the same class with similar modes of action. Do your homework when choosing and changing pesticides for better results.

Also, not mixing correctly, applying incorrectly, not getting thorough coverage, or using an inferior product  will often simply just make some ticks sick for a while. Once they recover, they and their offspring could possibly be resistant. Again though, tolerance to the insecticide used is probable.

Be Responsible And Safe

There use to be a lot more effective pesticides available to the general public that are now only available to professionals. There is good reason for this and I happen to agree with it. The general public has the mentality of ” if a little works ok, then more will work better”. This seems logical but it just ain’t always true. Also, It’s this and improper handling that has caused a lot of environmental issues and injury to people and pets.

Yes, the good stuff that use to work so well has been taken away from the consumer. Generally, a lot of what is available over the counter is weak or no longer effective. There is recent evidence that some ticks and other insects are becoming pyrethroid resistant.

This doesn’t mean that you should mix the insecticide stronger than the label says or just spray more. I know, it sounds logical but it’s not environmentally responsible or safe. And on top of that, it could actually end up costing you more than professional pest control and still not work.

Breaking The Tick Life Cycle

In a best case scenario, let’s say you get a perfect kill in your yard and home and on your pets. You used the right stuff, mixed it correctly, applied the proper rate, and all the ticks are gone. Then in a few weeks, they start to appear again. Why? What happened?

This is where the timed program of a different class of chemical is critical. This application is usually done in ten days to two weeks. While you killed all of the existing ticks, most insecticides don’t kill the remaining eggs that are left. And even if they do, they’re not very effective for a 100% kill. Eggs can continue to hatch and a re-infestation is in the making. A properly timed second and even third application of a different class of insecticide is critical to keep these new ticks from reaching maturity and laying more eggs. This helps break the life cycle.

Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s) To Break The Life Cycle

I won’t get into the total scientific explanation of how insect growth regulators work. Basically, they’re birth control that keep insects from developing correctly and being able to reproduce. They are a critical element in breaking the life cycle of ticks and other insects as well. Insect growth regulators are an important part of most of our pest control programs here at Horizon Pest Control.

Treating Your Pets At The Same Time

You are ultimately responsible for any treatment of insecticides you apply to your pets, home, and yard.  In no way should anything discussed here be considered as advice or a suggestion of Horizon Pest Control, LLC of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Before applying any type of treatment to your pets, you should first consult with your veterinarian.

In the first place, any infestation should not be left unattended to the point that your pets themselves are infested with parasites of any kind. It is unhealthy, irresponsible, and uncomfortable to your pets. Take care of your animals. Begin a program or call a professional pest control technician at the first sign of ticks on your pets.

There are many new advancements in types of direct treatments for parasites on animals. From dips and sprays to collars and drops to even internal applications, there are a lot of methods that can be considered for what is right for direct treatment of your pet.

It is pointless to treat your entire yard and home for ticks while leaving your pets exposed or infested. They are the life and food source of the parasites. Leaving them untreated is like not doing anything at all. If you choose to do this step yourself, even at the advice of a veterinarian, you are ultimately responsible to read the label and make sure it’s safe.

Using Adjuvants For Better Penetration

Adjuvants are generally associated with weed control to make herbicides more effective. They are used to help the herbicide spread over the plant better while also helping the weed killer penetrate better.

What most folks and even some professionals don’t understand is that they are very useful for not only getting a more thorough application, but also to help penetrate the bodies of hard shell insects like ticks. They help make insecticides more efficient and effective.

Professional Tick And Insect Control Services

Do it yourself tick control at home is very possible. It just takes a little homework and common sense to do it properly and get results. Unfortunately, by the time an infestation is noticed, there generally isn’t time to get all the facts and gather the right materials.

At Horizon Pest Control in Carlsbad, New Mexico, we are very knowledgeable about the life cycles of the insects in the Southeast New Mexico area and what insecticides and methods it takes to control them.

Our prices are very reasonable and in most cases a lot less costly than the time and materials most homeowners spend before they have to call a professional anyway.

If you live in the Carlsbad, Artesia, or other Southeast New Mexico area and have a tick or any other type of insect issue, give us a call for a free evaluation and estimate. 575-725-9331

Best Time For Pre Emergent Weed Control In Southeast New Mexico

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Contact Horizon Pest Control

While this article does reference specifics for when to apply pre emergent weed control in the Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico areas, much of the information here is relevant to all areas. Regardless of area, the main points are -

  •  - First identify the weed
  •  - Understand its life cycle to know the best time for application
  •  - Determine the best herbicide to use.
Dandelion Weed

Dandelion Weed

When it  comes to applying pre-emergent herbicides, proper timing is critical in consideration of the weeds and stickers you are trying to suppress. While there are some basic guidelines, good control or suppression is not always just about when the temperature is right. Different weeds make seed, germinate, and sprout at different times. Again, proper timing is a matter of first identifying the weed and then understanding the life cycles of the types of plants you’re targeting.

For Carlsbad, Artesia, And Southeast New Mexico

If you live in Carlsbad, Artesia, or anywhere in the Southeast New Mexico area, the life cycles of weeds, grassy  weeds and stickers will be different than those from different geographical zones of the rest of the country. The general guidelines that suggest March and September to be the optimal time to apply pre-emergent herbicides is not necessarily accurate for all weeds or a cure all for all in these areas.

In the desert Southwest climate of Southeast New Mexico, there are some weeds that are very adaptive and will grow year round. There are Winter annuals that will sprout when the Fall weather cools and grow until it gets warm. And still there are Summer annuals that will thrive in the heat and die out when the weather cools.

Trying to follow guidelines such as when the Forsythias bloom, when the soil temperature is right, or in March or September may only give you partial control. And in our temperate climate where the growing season is extended, three or more applications a year may be necessary for some weeds and stickers such as Sand Bur and Puncture Vine. Late germination can give just enough time for a plant to go through a short life cycle and produce seed for next year. Plants can be very adaptive to survive.

Weed Identification And Proper Timing

Proper timing depends on knowing the type of weed or group of weeds you wish to target. The first step in any pest or weed control is to first identify the pest or weed. In this case of weed control, identifying the pest plant will help you know what type of herbicides to use and what time of year to apply them.

Identifying the type of plant will help you understand its life cycle. Knowing if the plant is a Winter annual, a Summer annual, a perennial, etc., will tell you when the plant makes seed, germinates, flowers, and dies. Use this resource, problem weeds of New Mexico, to identify your target plant and find out its life cycle and when is the best time of year to target it.

Winter annuals such as Henbit make seed at the end of their life cycle in late Spring or early Summer and then will germinate in Fall or Winter and grow through Spring until it gets warm. Summer annuals like puncture vine or sand bur make seed in late Summer, germinate in early spring and grow through the summer.

A Little About Pre Emergent Herbicides

Most pre emergents used at the suggested application rate will generally be effective for three to five months. This often depends on the type of pre emergent, soil type, and the amount of rainfall and irrigation that the treated area receives. So if you’re targeting puncture vine or sand bur for example, a March application alone generally isn’t enough. For these plants, a split application in mid March and May and another in August will generally keep them suppressed. For more information about split applications and Pre-M use see Lawn Weed Control In Southeast New Mexico.

How long the herbicide lasts in the soil will also be affected by the type of soil and how much organic material is in the soil. Soils with little organics and sandy soils will leech the herbicide out quicker than soils with a lot of organic materials in them.

Most common pre emergents used in this area don’t actually kill seeds. The seeds do actually sprout and then the herbicides disrupt the cell division of the newly sprouted plant causing it to die. This is why pre emergents must be watered into the first half inch of the soil shortly after application. If not watered into the first half inch of soil where germination takes place the herbicide will be ineffective.

Targeted Application In Carlsbad, Artesia, And Southeast New Mexico

In the Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico area there are quite a few residents and businesses who have applications done in December and January to target cool weather plants such as Mustard. This is when these weeds really start to show and can quickly take over a property. While most of these will die out when the weather warms, it can still be a battle to try and keep them mowed down until that happens.

Perennial weeds such as Dandelion grow year round in the Southeast New Mexico area. You’ll even find them healthy and surviving under freezing snow. Targeting them specifically in Winter, again, isn’t necessarily the best time.

Our clients who have a late Fall spray application generally don’t have to worry about these Winter and early Spring weeds. The pre emergent we use keeps most of them suppressed. From a consumer standpoint, this is a much better value since the next necessary spray application will be moved up and take care of warmer weather sprouting weeds later into the season. And with this schedule, most of our clients don’t generally as many applications in a season.

Generally, a post emergent herbicide, one that kills existing weeds, is applied at the same time as pre emergents in order to kill existing weeds. It’s the opinion of many pest control operators that because of this and the heat restricted nature of post emergents, that pre emergents MUST be applied before the end of January in Southeast New Mexico. However, because of new developments, there are herbicides that are not heat restricted and can be applied throughout even the hottest months as long as plants aren’t under heat or drought stress.

As well, pre emergents can also be applied without broadleaf killer.

So again, in order to get the most for your money and control as many weeds as possible -

  •  - First identify the weed
  •  - Understand its life cycle to know the best time for application
  •  - Determine the best herbicide to use.

Professional Weed Control Services & Advice

Whether you would like our services or just need pointers on how you can do it yourself more effectively, give us a call at 575-725-9331. At Horizon, we’re very knowledgeable about the weeds, grasses, and stickers that infest Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico yards and properties. And we know what pre emergents and herbicides it takes to control them. We’re at your service.