The all-year battle with gardening, particularly controlling the growth of weeds can be tiring. Do weeds die in the winter? Can this season offer a break in the maintenance routine and control these unwanted growth? I found out that it would take a lot of work coupled with patience as there is no quick solution to completely prohibit their growth.
Here are some basic facts to help you understand weed management.
Weeds die in cold weather conditions, and it would be nice to think that after the all-summer struggle with their growth, the cold can finally stop their growth. However, weeds start their life cycle in the late summer through the early fall, so the winter approaching is just not enough reason to be lax.
Annual weeds complete their life cycle of germination, growth, reproduction, and death in a single growing season. Based on the growing period, it may either be a summer or winter annual weed. Both kinds leave their seeds in the soil, and so there is already new growth waiting to happen even after their death.
Seeds are enclosed in a protective shell that makes them immune to spraying. Seeds wait for the right conditions (presence of sunlight and the correct temperature) to begin their germination. As winter ends, their exposure to sunlight can start their life cycle and result in growth of another batch of weeds.
Pre-emergence herbicide is the solution when dealing with multiple unwanted weed growth. To control summer and winter annual weeds, application during spring and a second one in the early summer can limit the germination of the seeds left in the soil. These chemical works by putting a herbicidal barrier on the soil surface that prohibits any seed left in reaching the necessary conditions for their growth.
There is no quick solution with weed removal (unless using a propane torch but it also will damages you lawn) , there is only management. Understanding the cycle of the weed, and the best time to address them are your best partners in this process. It would take patience and timely action before you achieve a well-manicured lawn.
The battle against weed growth cannot be won as it is part of nature, the only thing you can do is be precautious and active in understanding their life cycle to lessen any chances of spending hours weeding. With the proper timing, you can combat them and make replanting your garden easier after winter.