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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 1, 2016 1:14 PM CST
It has been a busy holiday season, but I ate way too much and need to get some exercise. So even though it is cold and damp I decided to make a start on weeding the henbit ( and others) out if the path.{crushed granite).Got one side done yesterday and this morning before my fingers, ears and toes said it was time to jump into a hot bath and warm up. Does anyone have any suggestions for cutting down on weeds germinating? I was thinking of using Preen. Any experience anyone?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Jan 1, 2016 2:50 PM CST
I have not used Preen, but I have applied other pre-emergents and they help a lot. Here late September and again in February seem to be the best times.
Porkpal
College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 1, 2016 3:46 PM CST
Hi @Porkpal! What are your favorite pre emergents?
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 1, 2016 5:34 PM CST
I use Preen and it makes a huge difference in my small rock bed along the driveway and along the edge of a flower bed. It won't get rid of the weeds that already exist, only stops new seedlings from emerging. Works like a charm and I stock up when it goes on sale at Lowe's. I used a pre-emergent on the front lawn for the first time in October. Time will tell if it helps. What doesn't help is the neighbor who doesn't maintain his lawn. Grumbling I get his moles, too!
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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 1, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Hi @shadygreenthumb, how often do you apply it? I can set a calendar reminder for myself. And do you do it year round?
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 1, 2016 6:52 PM CST
Preen? I think I just follow the directions on the box . But if memory serves me correctly (and it rarely does!) I apply it twice a year??
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Jan 1, 2016 7:12 PM CST
Teacup, the one I used most recently was the Nitro Phos product; I don't know whether it has a name.
Porkpal
College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 1, 2016 8:04 PM CST
If I can't find it thebig box stores I can try producers coop who have a wide variety of products not in Lowe's or HD.
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
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Poohdaddy
Jan 2, 2016 12:06 AM CST
Don't forget that Henbit is an edible weed/herb. High in iron, vitamins and fibre. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It is a member of the mint family. Chickens also like it.
College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 2, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Poohdaddy said:Don't forget that Henbit is an edible weed/herb. High in iron, vitamins and fibre. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It is a member of the mint family. Chickens also like it.


Thanks @poohdaddy,
I had no idea! When I go out again I'll give it a little taste.
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