LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - While some of the rainy, cold, and unpleasant weather makes gardening one of the last things you want to take care of, this is the perfect time to start.

Right now is an excellent time to apply pre-emerge on your lawn to prevent any spring and summer weeds from growing. You don't want to wait too long because once the temperatures rises, weeds will germinate. You don't, however, want to apply fertilizer just yet since your lawn is still dormant. We don't want to force it to get too green because we still might have a frost.

Pre-emerge comes in granular form--usually on the residential market. Even though it comes this way, it will turn into a gas once you spread it on your soil level. Any weeds that try to germinate hit that grass barrier, mutate and die.

Sometimes even if you apply your pre-emerge, you might still get weeds in certain areas if you have water run-off or high traffic areas. That's when you use a post-emergent.

There are lots of different products on the market. Read the directions very carefully because on certain lawn turfs you cannot apply pre-emerge or you have to do it at half-rate. That's why I like a commercial company because they know what they are doing.