5 Crabgrass Control Tips for a Healthy Green Lawn

Crabgrass is not as unpleasant as some other weeds. After all, it is a grassy weed rather than a prickly one. But it can still create an eyesore on an otherwise well-manicured lawn. And the fact that it spreads like the dickens during the warm, summer months can leave you fighting a losing battle to keep your lawn looking gorgeous. If it makes it to the end of summer, it will die off with the first frost, but not before leaving behind massive amounts of seeds that will most likely germinate and populate in the spring (although they can also lay dormant for years before popping up). The trick, then, is to eliminate crabgrass before it spreads, and certainly before it can seed. You just need to find a way to attack it without detriment to the rest of your lawn. Here are a few tips you’ll want to try.

  1. Early identification. Crabgrass can be best controlled by dealing with it before it before it actually becomes a problem, and identifying it is the place to start. It’s easy to confuse it with similar weeds, and this could affect the treatment methods you employ, as well as impact your chances for success. But knowing that crabgrass is likely to appear in late spring, when soil temperatures reach the mid-60s, can help you to accurately identify the problem and begin appropriate treatments, stopping crabgrass before it becomes a real problem and sparing your lawn in the process.
  2. Weeding. Even if you spray appropriate pre-emergence herbicides in anticipation of crabgrass (if you’ve dealt with this weed in years past) you’ll probably find a few stragglers popping up in early summer. As long as your lawn isn’t inundated with crabgrass, it’s a simple enough to pull these lone plants up by the roots and get rid of them before they go to seed.
  3. Mowing. You might be surprised to learn that regular lawn care can make a world of difference when it comes to dealing with crabgrass. With frequent mowing (on a weekly basis, for example) you can promote the growth of your lawn, thus making the environment inhospitable for weeds and stifling them. This simple tactic could reduce the crabgrass population significantly, making elimination much easier.
  4. Herbicides. Unless you’re the type that enjoys crawling around your yard, day after day in search of weeds to pull, a good option for control is the use of herbicides. Unfortunately, some herbicides could harm your lawn even as they prevent the growth of crabgrass. Using pre-emergence herbicides is a good option since they’re bound to be less harmful to your turf. But you may have no choice but to spray herbicides designed to kill young sprouts or mature plants. You might want to try a product that contains dithiopyr, which will not only kill plants, but also provide a barrier that stops new ones from emerging.
  5. Maintaining dense grass. It’s not easy to control crabgrass and other weeds, but the best defense is a dense, healthy lawn that leaves little room for incursion. If you’re having trouble maintaining your lawn on your own because of limited time or limited knowledge, you can always hire a reputable service provider like Wheat’s Landscape to give your lawn the targeted care it requires and keep crabgrass at bay.

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