Early Spring Weed Prevention

Prairie Gardens Plant Experts are always answering your questions (that's what they're here for!), so we're plucking out the popular ones and answering them right when they're asked the most. On the docket? What you can be doing now to prevent weeds.


Stopping weeds before they happen is the best way to prevent weeds. Apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control mid March to mid April for best results.
— Mary Ann Metz, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Pre-emergent Weed Prevention Options

Pick the best choice for your lawn and follow the label instructions to get prevention weeds.

Scott’s Halts 

Contains weed preventer without fertilizer, which follows University turf grass specialists’ recommendation to withhold early fertilizer applications until early-mid May.

Scott’s Step 1 for Seeding

The only crabgrass preventer that allows grass seed to germinate. It also contains a starter fertilizer.

Scott’s Step 1 and Scott’s Super Turf Builder plus Halts

These similar products are both high quality traditional recommendations of fertilizers with crabgrass preventers.

Bonide’s Weed Beater

A crabgrass preventer and broadleaf weed preventer and post emergent control combined. No fertilizer. Just as effective in preventing crabgrass as any other option, plus it can also kill juvenile crabgrass plants that have already germinated. Best choice if application is a little late.

Espoma Weed Lawn Control

A natural alternative. The weed preventer is corn gluten and the fertilizer is all natural. This is a great product for those who are more interested in organic gardening or about kids and animals exposure to chemicals.


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