Preen is a product that can be used to prevent weeds from growing in your yard and vegetable garden. It is a granular herbicide that is applied to the soil and works by inhibiting the growth of weed seeds. Preen can be purchased at most garden centers and home improvement stores. Let’s look at how to use preen, we’ll give you some tips to help you get the most from the product.
How to use preen
To use preen, you’ll first need to remove any existing weeds. Preen is a pre-emergent herbicide which means that it stops weed seeds from germinating. It won’t kill weeds that have already established themselves (for this job you’ll need a post-emergent).
It’s also worth noting that preen is non-selective and can also kill vegetable, flower, and grass seeds and young seedlings. If you are using preen in a vegetable plot, spread it after your vegetables have become well established.
Preen contains the chemical trifluralin, which creates a barrier between seeds and the soil to stop weeds from growing.
Once you’ve prepared the ground, simply spread the granules over the soil in your garden beds. You’ll want to cover the entire area, but be sure not to overdo it, as this can harm your plants. Water the area thoroughly after applying preen and allow it to dry before replanting.
Preen should be applied before planting season to prevent weeds from germinating. Be sure to read the label carefully and follow the instructions for best results.
It’s also a good idea to wear gloves, long pants, and sleeves when using chemical products. This will prevent you from getting preen on your skin. After applying preen, it’s also a good idea to check the surrounding area. Don’t leave any loose preen granules on your patio, paths, or driveways. These can be swept up.
You can use preen every 9 to 12 weeks as needed. Reapplying herbicides regularly will help you keep your garden weed free throughout the growing season.
Alternatives to preen
Rather than using preen, you could put mulch around your vegetables, flowers, or plants. A thick layer of mulch will stop weeds from growing and will also have the added benefit of keeping moisture in your soil. This is particularly beneficial in hot areas. Mulch will also rot down and add nutrients to the soil, which will help plants grow.
There are many varieties of post and pre emergent herbicides on the market. You can choose one that suits the weeds in your yard, as organic gardening can be more time-consuming.
Preen tips and tricks
Many first-time gardeners wonder whether preen is safe to use, especially on a vegetable garden. The good news is that preen contains safe chemicals and can be used around vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other plants.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most from preen:
- Apply preen before planting season to prevent weeds from germinating.
- Pull out existing weeds during the growing season and apply preen to prevent new seeds from germinating.
- Be sure to read the label carefully and follow the instructions for best results.
- Preen can be harmful to plants, vegetables, and grasses, so be sure not to overdo it.
- Keep preen away from the leaves and roots of desirable plants
- If you accidentally drop some preen on a desirable plant, brush it off quickly
- Water the area thoroughly after applying preen and allow it to dry before replanting.
- If you live in an area with a water shortage, you can rake the preen into your topsoil.
How to Use Preen: Final thoughts
Now that you know how to use preen put it to good use in your garden and enjoy a weed-free growing season!
You may also be interested in finding out whether you can plant flowers after using preen.