April 06, 2011

Help Prevent Weeds and Protect Property Value

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – If you live in Oklahoma City or Washington, D.C., you’re living in an improving housing market with a projected 6 percent annualized gain in home values over the next three years, according to Local Market Monitor, a real estate research firm. A 5 percent annualized gain is projected for Austin, Texas.

The real estate investment mantra of “location, location, location,” also applies to neighborhoods. You can drill it down even more. The condition of a specific property also impacts value. Real estate experts say property value can drop if a home’s manicured lawn turns to weeds and landscaping deteriorates.

“The secret to weed control is prevention,” said Lance Walheim, author of Lawn Care for Dummies and lawn care expert for Bayer Advanced™. “The easiest way to help keep weeds out is to have a healthy lawn.”

Weed Prevention Tips

  • Don’t cut your grass too low: Set your mower’s wheel height to the type of grass you have. The thicker the grass, the fewer weeds you’ll have.
  • Use pre-emergent weed control and weed killer: One application of Bayer Advanced Season Long Weed Control for Lawns (BayerAdvanced.com) kills existing broadleaf weeds and prevents new broadleaf weeds for up to six months. Always read and follow label directions.
  • Fertilize: Your local county extension service can advise you on how much fertilizer to apply and when to apply it based on the grass you have and the conditions of your area.
  • Deep, infrequent watering is best: It promotes strong root growth and strong turf. Overly wet, dry or compacted soil promotes weeds.

If you plan to sell your house in 2011, keep one thing in mind: You must have curb appeal before a prospect even considers walking inside your home. If your lawn has lots of weeds, you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.

About Bayer Advanced™

Bayer Advanced is one of the leading consumer lawn and garden brands in the United States. Driven by innovative thinking and category-leading research, Bayer Advanced provides innovative and effective solutions that help consumers grow beautiful lawns and gardens and protect their landscapes from pests, weeds and diseases. Always read and follow label directions before using Bayer Advanced products. Visit www.bayeradvanced.com for more information and to view how-to videos, or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

Bayer Advanced is a business group of Bayer CropScience LP, the U.S. affiliate of Bayer CropScience AG. Bayer Advanced, Bayer CropScience LP, and Bayer CropScience AG are part of the Bayer AG family, a FORTUNE Global 500 company.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.