Pre-Emergent – Application In A Warm Winter?

Q: Would you recommend putting a pre-emergent down early this year since we are having such a warm winter?

A: Summer weeds won’t germinate until soil temperatures get above 55 degrees for several days. In Atlanta, the soil temperature is now hovering between the mid- and high 40’s. That means that you won’t get any advantage by applying a weed preventer now. You can check local soil conditions at or simply wait to apply when forsythia shrubs are in bloom.

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