Albuquerque & Rio Rancho, NM
Residential & Commercial Weed Services
As you assess your residential or commercial landscaping needs, you can use this guide to understand exactly what is involved for Arizona weed control.
Despite living in the desert climate of Albuquerque, weed control feels like a never-ending battle for home and business owners in New Mexico. Not only are weeds just plain ugly, but some found in our state are invasive species that choke out desirable plants.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the time available that is required to keep their landscapes weed-free, and it takes special expertise to know how to eliminate weeds without killing off the plants that you want to include in your landscape.
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Pre-Emergent Weed Sprays
Weed sprays come in two main types, and understanding the differences between the types helps you make the right decisions about how to control weeds on your property throughout the year.
Pre-Emergent Weed Sprays
Pre-emergent weed sprays should be applied before weeds emerge. Typically, these are applied while outdoor temperatures are still at their lowest and before the soil has begun to warm up.
Pre-emergent herbicides target the seeds of weeds by creating a barrier around them that prevents germination. Since the seeds are targeted, this type of herbicide only works when the plant has not yet begun to grow.
Weed control specialists often use pre-emergent herbicides to control annual weeds such as googegrass and crabgrass in areas where they are known to thrive.
The application process of pre-emergent herbicides involves either spraying a liquid or sprinkling granules containing the herbicide directly on to the soil. Once the herbicide is applied, then water helps it be absorbed by the soil.
Although rain is best for helping the herbicide reach deep into the ground, you can also use a sprinkler system to increase the rate of absorption. However, you must use caution to avoid rinsing the herbicide away from the target location since this can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment and may cause damage to the neighboring plants.
Always consult with your weed control technician about how to properly water your lawn after pre-emergent treatments are applied.
Post-Emergent Weed Sprays
Post-emergent weed sprays are used for perennial plants such as Bermuda grass that tend to come back year after year, especially those that have extensive root systems. These types of herbicides also work on annual plants that have already passed the seed germination point of the life cycle.
For this reason, you will need to use this type of herbicide after spring or anytime that a weed has already emerged from the ground.
A post-emergent treatment works by sending the herbicide directly into the plant stalk where it then travels down into the root system where it begins to poison the weed. Like pre-emergent herbicides, these come in both liquid and granule forms.
To use the liquid type, you simply spray the herbicide directly on the plant. This is ideal when you want to target one or two plants that exist within a desirable landscape.
You can also use granules for areas that need wider coverage. These are sprinkled on the ground and activated with water just like the pre-emergent type.
In most cases, you should see results of a post-emergent herbicide on annual plants within just one or two days. Shriveling or yellow leaves, brown stalks and wilting are all good signs that the weed control treatment is working.
Advantage Pest & Weed Control uses only the best products available in the industry. Not only do we strive to use the most effective products on the market, but we also use products that have a low impact on the environment. The safety of you and your family is our #1 priority.
At Advantage Pest & Weed Control, our products are mostly Pyrethroids – also known as pyrethrum or pyrethrins. The main ingredient is a derivative from the chrysanthemum flower. You typically will not find these ecofriendly products at your local store. They are better for the environment and safer for people and animals, unlike older products that are currently banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) such as Dursban or Diazinon. Another benefit is the 60-90 day residual that is left by the product after it is initially applied. In other words, the products continue to work even when we aren’t there.
Advantage Pest & Weed Control will regularly use a power sprayer to treat the outside of your home along the foundation, providing a strong barrier against unwanted pests.
Another key part of our service is treating the weep screens with a dust that flushes out the weep screen, ridding it of any nestling/breeding insects.
We will also treat the entire yard with granules or baits to keeps potential home invaders from nesting in your yard. We will sweep away spider webs and wasp nests from your eves and spot treat any problem areas to help avoid re-infestation. Most often our thorough exterior service means you won’t see any problems inside your home.
Upon request, we will treat the interior of your home at no extra charge! There is no need to leave your Home during our routine treatments, and our products do not leave a strong odor behind. After 30 mins when the products dry, you won’t even know we were there… but the bugs sure will!