Spring is a time when lawns start their growing season, but it also marks the return of crabgrass, a common weed that spreads quickly and can take over a lawn. There's no way to keep the wind-blown seeds away from your lawn, so the best defense is lawn care, lawn maintenance and prevent crabgrass from gaining a foothold. Below are some of our lawn care tips.
Prevent Crabgrass Before It Starts:
Basic lawn care is the best way to prevent crabgrass from establishing itself in your yard. Crabgrass needs lots of sunlight for seeds to germinate, so don't cut your lawn too short. Always keep the blades of grass at least 1 inch high to provide a thick cover that blocks light from reaching the soil where seeds take root. Water the lawn every other day to promote strong root growth. Fertilize your lawn at least once yearly with Scotts® Lawn Pro® Super Turf Builder® Lawn Fertilizer, or similar products. A healthy lawn will take care of itself and not allow space for crabgrass to grow.
Use Herbicides To Help Prevent Crabgrass:
When healthy lawns cannot keep crabgrass at bay, it is usually because they are contaminated with seeds from a nearby lawn or field. When this happens, a pre-emergent herbicide, like Roundup 50% Concentrate Grass & Weed Killer, works best. Pre-emergent herbicides kill the crabgrass seeds before they can germinate. Always apply the pre-emergent herbicide in early spring when the ground temperature is consistently above 60 degrees. For new lawns, wait until it is well established and you have mowed it at least three times before you introduce chemicals. Apply the herbicide evenly across the lawn, and make sure you don't miss any spots that will give crabgrass an opening.
Tips For Preventing Crabgrass:
Help your lawn thrive by making sure the blades of your mower are sharp and they are set high enough, not cutting the grass blades too low. Dull lawnmower blades cut grass unevenly and damage the grass, making it harder for it to re-grow. Re-seed bare or thin patches of grass as soon as possible to prevent crabgrass. Re-seeding thin areas can thicken up grass within a week. Prevent crabgrass from growing, or it can ruin a healthy lawn.
For additional advice on preventing crabgrass and how to beautify your Spring garden, visit us any time either at Friedman's online, or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you'll get the lowest price and local advice.