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Don’t be Crabby – Get rid of Crab Grass for Good!

Don’t be Crabby – Get rid of Crab Grass for Good!

They say a smile goes a long way, so why are so many people crabby? We’re not talking about your crabby aunt Cheryl or Crabby Patties from to Krusty Krab. Why are so many homeowners fixated or concerned with crab grass?

This year has been warmer than expected, and that is causing crabgrass to rear its ugly head earlier – before Summer even gets here. We’ve already heard from homeowners all over the tri-state area are calling and asking if its too late to use crab grass preventer on their lawn.

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So, whats the deal with Crabgrass? Well, this pesky plant starts to germinate when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees. But don’t be frightened – even if it’s been 70 degrees outside for a few days, that doesn’t automatically mean that the soil temperature has exceeded 55 degrees. Even if the soil does reach that magic number, that only means the likelihood of crabgrass germination goes up – it’s not necessarily guaranteed. Crabgrass can take 8-10 weeks to germinate based on your geographical location, the amount of sun, soil types, and the health of your turf grass. If you have a soil thermometer, knowing your yards potential for crabgrass germination is as easy as checking your kid for a fever – and it will really help you know when its the best time to apply preventers.

“I have a healthy growing lawn – should I still be worried?”

Actually, no. A thick lawn is considered the best defense against crabgrass, other weeds, insects and even drought. If you follow MowTowns tips and tricks for maintaining your lawn, skipping a crab grass preventer might not be such a gamble. After all, weed killers and preventers can be harsh on the environment and if you don’t have to use them, its better not to.

But – if you’ve had issues with crabgrass in the past, you might want to look into a more dependable solution. The best time to apply preventers is in mid-April, and then again at the end of May to get better control into the summer months of this annoying intruder. Crabgrass can usually be expected to appear mid summer along hot driveways, sidewalk edges or from heavy foot traffic which scuffs up the ground – killing the actual grass and allowing crabgrass to pop up through the gaps.

If you are seeding, be careful what product you choose to apply to control crabgrass. Some crabgrass preventers allow you to seed grass on the very same day, but some will require that you wait a period before encouraging any new grass growth. There are other ways to avoid mixing harmful preventers with germinating seeds – if you have a bare spot that is only the size of a towel or a garbage can lid, you can use those items to shield your seeding spot while you apply your preventer. After your proventer is applied- just peel back the lid or towel and your seeds should remain protected from the product!

If you’re curious about maintaining your lawn but you don’t know where to start – MowTown Lawncare & Landscaping is the expert lawncare service you’re looking for. We proudly serve the tri-state area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and have the knowledge and experience to make sure your lawn prospers this year and every year to come. Contact us for a FREE quote!