When to Apply Weed Control and Lawn Fertilizer for Best Results

Weed control and fertilization are vital for growing a healthy, grassy, weedless yard. There are certain times of year when your lawn should be treated, and there are specific schedules to maintain for both your weed control and fertilizer. Discover the best times of year to apply each, and learn how easy application can be when you partner with Mid Georgia Turf Solutions.

When Should I Apply Weed Control?

It takes more than a one-time treatment to attack the weeds in your yard. Even if you only have a light amount of weeds, one single treatment may slow the spread, but it will not eradicate weeds from your lawn entirely.

For the most effective weed control, it’s important to treat your lawn with pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control at the right times throughout the year:

  • Four applications of pre-emergent—pre-emergent control targets weeds in the ground before they germinate and sprout. Four applications of pre-emergent per year is enough to create an effective barrier and minimize the number of weeds growing in your yard.
  • Eight applications of post-emergent—post-emergent control targets the weeds that were able to root and grow above ground. Post-emergent should be applied eight times per year to tackle and eliminate stubborn weeds.

Late Winter

Your first round of pre-emergent should occur in late January or early February. This initial treatment begins the control process by tackling any weeds that have not yet emerged for spring. We also apply post-emergent for weeds that have made it above ground.

Common late-winter weeds include:

  • Annual bluegrass
  • Clover
  • Dandelions
  • Henbit


The next pre-emergent treatment for weeds should take place in early to mid-spring, ideally around March, when temperatures are starting to rise. This treatment also attacks weeds in the ground before they have a chance to emerge. Additionally, we apply post-emergent for any weeds that have already made their way above ground.

Common springtime weeds include:

  • Burnweed
  • Clover
  • Crabgrass
  • Dallisgrass
  • Dandelions
  • Ground ivy
  • Nutsedge


Your next round of pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control should take place in the summer, around August. This application treats any weeds that survived the late winter and spring applications. Lingering weeds are common, so multiple weed control applications are crucial to achieving a healthy, weed-free lawn.

Common summer weeds include:

  • Clover
  • Crabgrass
  • Dandelion
  • Ground ivy
  • Goosegrass
  • Nutsedge
  • Ragweed


Fall is the time when many plants begin the process going dormant for the winter. Unfortunately, many weed types do not die off; they just keep growing. A weed pre-emergent and post-emergent control treatment in the fall is necessary to attack these lingering weeds so that they cannot sprout and spread throughout the season and at the start of the following spring.

Common autumn weeds include:

  • Annual bluegrass
  • Clover
  • Dandelion
  • Ground ivy
  • Henbit

When Should I Apply Lawn Fertilizer?

Just like weed control, lawn fertilizer is not something that can only be applied once if you want success in achieving a beautiful, grassy yard. It requires a well-timed regimen that accompanies your weed control treatments for the most optimal results.


After you have treated your lawn for weeds in late winter and early spring, it’s important to feed your grass the nutrients it needs to thrive throughout the warmer months. Fertilization is designed to boost grass growth so that your lawn can withstand any sort of weather, including the summer heat.


Following your summer weed control application, it’s important to apply fertilizer to continue boosting your lawn’s growth throughout the season. Doing so will promote strong grass growth and help your lawn fill in thick and evenly.

Early Fall

It’s important to apply one last application of fertilizer before you do it all again next year. Even though your grass will soon go dormant for the winter, feeding it the nutrients it needs now will give it an upper hand by the time the next spring rolls around.


It may sound crazy to apply a fertilizing root booster to your grass in the winter. However, this specialized formula gives your grass the energy it needs to not only survive the cold but thrive in it. By the time the weather warms back up and your grass starts growing again, your grass roots will be optimized for healthy, solid growth.

*With every fertilizer application, Mid Georgia Turf Solutions also applies a post-emergent weed control treatment to ensure stubborn weeds are targeted.

Mid Georgia Turf Solutions Is Your Secret Weapon to Achieving a Vibrant, Healthy Lawn

Lawn control is both an art and a science. The weed control experts at Mid Georgia Turf Solutions understand the intricacies behind weed control in the Middle Georgia Area, and we know the ins and outs of proper application for each. Our team offers an eight-application service that lasts all year long. With the right applications provided at the right times, you can be well on your way to obtaining a clean, healthy lawn without ever having to lift a finger.

Weed control and fertilization are both vital to growing a beautiful, green lawn. Partner with the weed control experts at Mid Georgia Turf Solutions.

Our eight-application weed control and fertilization service lasts all year long. It works to target stubborn weeds while we feed your grass the nutrients it needs to grow strong and lush.

Call about our weed control and fertilization services today: 478-992-5705

Mid Georgia Turf Solutions provides essential lawn care to homeowners and property managers throughout the Middle Georgia area. We service customers in and around:

  • Barnesville GA
  • Bolingbroke GA
  • Bonaire GA
  • Byron GA
  • Centerville GA
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