Time For Your Pre-Emergent?

March 1, 2014 - no comments. Posted by in Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Weeds.

With December rains, and a rather warm start to 2014, we are seeing a very active, very early weed season here in Phoenix.  Have you noticed that, too? 

It’s time to ask yourself: when did I last apply my pre-emergent?

Your lawn may hold the answer if you look around and see that it is full of weeds. So if it has been more than six months, NOW is the time! A simple, safe application of pre-emergent will keep weed seeds from growing, giving you your weekends back!  Best of all, it will not harm your plants or pets, either!  At Bug & Weed Mart stores, we have a broad range of effective, easy-to-use pre-emergents.

If you aren’t sure about what type of weed you have or which product will work the best to solve your particular problem, the managers at our five Valley-wide locations will show you exactly how to do the job yourself. From what product to use on which weeds, to what dosage and with what sprayer, we’ve got you covered. We have been helping our customers with the best products and advice since 1979; we look forward to helping you, too!

Using Pre-emergents Effectively

February 10, 2014 - no comments. Posted by in Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Weeds.

Even though we live in the Sonoran desert, we still have pesky weeds. You can either spend a lot of time digging them up or you can prevent them from sprouting in the first place. We know which method we choose and our Bug & Weed Mart Store Managers will provide you with an individual Treatment Plan that outlines how and when to apply pre-emergents so you won’t need to pull weeds.

Pre-emergent herbicides are an effective, preventative method designed for reducing and controlling weeds before the weeds germinate. When applied correctly, pre-emergents establish a chemical barrier that will not kill established plants, but will prevent weeds from growing.

Bug & Weed Mart carries only professional-grade, easy-to-use, effective pre-emergents that can be used in grass, planters, shrubs, and desert/rock landscapes.

Come into any of our five convenient Phoenix metro locations and we will show you how to successfully prevent weeds. We’ll also help you choose the appropriate product and sprayer, and we’ll make sure you know the right time for your future pre-emergent applications, too.

The Best Time To Apply Pre-Emergent is Now

October 1, 2013 - no comments. Posted by in Weeds.

With this year’s Monsoon over, we can expect another fertile, invasive weed crop will once again likely happen. Unfortunately that means both now & next spring. For many of us, it makes us ask ourselves, “When was the last time I applied pre-emergent? Am I covered?” Now is the time to apply pre-emergent for the best results.

As a general rule, for many of us whose homes and their properties have grass lawns, plants, desert landscaping, etc., every six months you should re-apply pre-emergent. And it can be applied directly onto lawns, plants, shrubs, succulents, as well as onto landscaping rocks/gravel.

The process is simple; please watch this short video on how to apply pre-emergent.

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How to Get Rid of Weeds in your Grass

June 15, 2013 - no comments. Posted by in Weeds.

If you have grass, you can appreciate how much TLC it takes to raise a vibrant, healthy lawn. Invasive broadleaf weeds can very quickly change your once green-carpet-resembling grass into a potpourri of colorful weeds. Some weeds are gorgeous, and develop lovely blooms…but why in your manicured yard?  And who could forget that painful Bull-Thistle, a weed which, when dry, drops those small stickers that both our dogs and us seem to step on? OUCH!

To prevent weeds, we recommend the use of a Pre-Emergent that you apply once every 6 months.  We have several to choose from.  This will greatly reduce the amount of weeds that grow in your grass, and will find yourself mixing up a batch of weed killer much less often.

However, to kill those weeds in your lawn now without hurting the lawn, Bug & Weed Mart has the solution that will get the job done for you!  We sell several products, known as Post-Emergents, to address any invasive weed, grass, or sedge growing in your lawn. These can be easily applied using a pump-up sprayer (yes, we sell these too!). Our knowledgeable, professional staff will recommend a specific treatment to help you kill & control the weeds you are dealing with. If you’re not sure what kind of weed you are dealing with, snap a picture and bring it in.

We are open 6 days a week at all 5 of our Valley-wide locations. Come in, give us a call, or visit us anytime at bugweedmart.com.

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Getting Rid of Nutgrass

May 4, 2013 - no comments. Posted by in Weeds.


If you have lived in Arizona for a few years or more, you likely have dealt with the pesky, fast-growing, invasive weed known as Nutgrass. Nutgrass can be a tricky plant to control, and many times we may not even recognize it, as it is not just another broadleaf weed or grass (such as dandelions, bull thistle, spurge, foxtail, Bermuda grass, etc). We may think it looks like some grass seeds gone astray because it grows easily in the cracks of cement. But it’s not.


In order to recognize Nutgrass, look for these clues:
-rich dark green-colored, triangle-shaped leaf (may resemble a tiny palm tree)
-grows 2-4x faster than your lawn, making it look like you need to mow yard 2-3x/week
-will produce a blossom with additional growth
-grows well in rock beds and in the cracks of cement
-treatments with Roundup are futile; it simply will not kill Nutgrass

Don’t fret, we can help! At Bug & Weed Mart, we carry all the same professional-strength herbicides, pre-emergents, sterilants, and post-emergent weed killers that any professional landscaper would use. We have a knowledgeable manager at every one of our stores to give you the accurate advice you need. And he will show you exactly how to apply treatments so you will achieve the results you seek.

Come into any of our 5 Valley-wide stores, open Monday through Saturday, or visit us at bugweedmart.com

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Weed Killer

April 15, 2013 - one comment. Posted by in Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Weeds.

2013 started out unusually wet for Arizona, bringing a bumper crop of vegetation and wildlife growth.  As a result, we are seeing a tremendous amount of unruly weeds, especially if there was no pre-emergent applied. But there is no better time than now to apply weed killer (or more properly – post emergent) taking those weeds out and regaining control of your landscape!

Killing all the weeds in your yard may seem a huge task. But with Bug & Weed Mart, our knowledgeable, professional staff excels in helping people learn what it takes to control weeds.   Weeds and grasses that you are seeing now can be easily treated with one of our Post-Emergent herbicides that you apply using a pump-up sprayer. It may be time consuming but applying weed killer is simple. Come in and describe your weed problem, and we will develop a fast, safe, effective solution for you and show you how to apply it.

We are open 6 days a week at all 5 of our Valley-wide locations. Come in, give us a call, or visit us anytime at www.bugweedmart.com.

Healthy Weeds In Your Rocks? Time To Apply Pre-Emergent

March 15, 2013 - no comments. Posted by in Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Weeds.

What a fun weather year 2013 has begun with!  We had rain this winter, followed by a record-setting 5-night frost period in January, then more rain in February.  Add the intermittent spikes we have seen in daytime temperatures, and now just look around: the weed season has earnestly begun. Are you seeing a healthy green weed or grass crop take over in your granite, river rock, or desert landscaping?  If you look around, you will find you are not alone! Many people have not yet applied pre-emergent. But it’s not too late.

At Bug & weed Mart, we have a complete selection of Pre-Emergents that you can safely, effectively, and easily apply to your yard.  These professional-grade, EPA-registered liquid herbicides will prevent those unwanted grass and weeds from growing, while causing no harm to existing plants or lawns.  Reapplying periodically, your method of “preventing” will result in much greater results across your landscape.  And, you will begin to notice your neighbors are seemingly always out spraying their weeds…when you have none!

For more detailed information about how to apply pre-emergent, you can visit the “videos” section of our website. There you will find a step-by-step instructional video on how to mix and apply pre-emergent, as well as tips for safety and re-application time frames.

Our Managers at all 5 Valley-wide locations are experts on all the details you need to do the job yourself.  Come on in, & tell us about your specific property needs.  We’ll recommend a pre-emergent, and we will show you exactly how to apply it.  We have been helping our customers with the best products and advice since 1979, we look forward to helping you, too!

Pre-emergent Weed Control

February 15, 2013 - no comments. Posted by in Weeds.

Happy Winter! Did you ever notice how, in the cold temperatures of January & February, we tend not to have too many weed problems?  Well, let this serve as a reminder to you that these cold temp’s soon will yield to Spring climate, bringing longer days, more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and, yes, many more weeds!  If you wait for the weeds to grow, you will be behind the proverbial 8-ball, so why not prevent their emergence in the first place? Read more »

We’re Seeing a Lot of Green Out There….Let’s Kill Some Weeds!

March 14, 2012 - no comments. Posted by in Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Weeds.

Wow, I don’t know about you, but I find myself asking the question, “What happened to winter this year?” We’re already half way through March and we had no frost, very little rainfall, and super mild temperatures. Spring begins in March, yet here we are with a string of days with temps in the 80’s that feel more like the onset of summer. So here we go…

Along with those spiking temperatures, along comes vegetative growth. So while it’s nice to see the lawn returning to green, and maybe even see the garden sprouting with vigor, and the talk turns to green beer this week, it’s difficult not ignore the ‘other’ sea of green: those unwanted, invasive weeds!

The good news is, with the temperature consistently hovering in the upper 70’s to mid 80’s, the time could not be better for applying a quality, professional strength post-emergent herbicide to knock those weeds down. With the warmer temperatures, photosynthesis aids the herbicides effectiveness and assists with speedy penetration. All you need to apply a post-emergent herbicide is any pump sprayer that can emit a nice, light, fine mist. Should you need a sprayer, Bug and Weed Mart has an excellent selection and will help you find the best sprayer for your job.

When you come to Bug & Weed Mart, you will be given personalized instruction, where we’ll show you everything you need to get the results you want, and exceeding those you would expect from a professional. So come in and let us help you stop what’s bugging you!

We are open Monday through Saturday, with five stores Valley-wide.

March is the Best Time for Pre-Emergent!

March 1, 2012 - no comments. Posted by in Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, Weeds.

When it comes to killing weeds, most garden experts agree that PREVENTION is usually the most effective approach. Here where we live, in the Sonoran desert, as the shoulder season arrives, the months of March and September become most common for pre-emergent application (although anytime of the year will still work).

What is a pre-emergent? It is an herbicide, specifically engineered to interrupt a weed’s growth before germination of the seed has completed, hence stopping weed leaf growth. Applied usually 2 times per year, it is safe to use in grass, planters, shrubs, desert/rock landscapes, dirt, alleys, etc. Whether you have 500 square feet or 5 acres, we have the pre-emergent for you. Again, the idea is to prevent weeds once the temperatures start to rise. Thus, here in Arizona, where 2012 produced virtually zero freezing temperatures, a pre-emergent is extremely helpful in a 12-month growing season!

Here at Bug & Weed Mart, we carry ONLY professional-grade, easy-to-use, effective pre-emergents. We listen to you, learn where you want to treat, then show you the best product and EXACTLY how to use it. We even provide you with an individual Treatment Plan that reminds you of the fine details!
So why would anyone wait to put down their pre-emergent? Or, better yet, think of it this way: would you rather watch baseball games, or pull weeds this summer on Sundays? Clearly, now is the perfect time. Come see us and let us help you develop an easy, safe, method of controlling unwanted vegetation. Oh, and once you have, you can also then claim your Sundays back for good!


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