The Ins and Outs of Crabgrass
There are two conditions that are beneficial to controlling that pesky crabgrass; a healthy lawn and a preventative pre-emergent. Thankfully with us as your Lawn Care Provider we can help with both. We provide you with a 7-step lawn care program that helps keep your lawn healthy all year lawn. Within our 7-step program we provide you with the preventative pre-emergent.
Q When is the best time to treat crabgrass?
A We treat for crabgrass within Round 2 of our lawn care program. This is where we provide our customers with our 6-month guaranteed crabgrass pre-emergent, during this round we also provide you with your slow release fertilization and broadleaf weed control. Round 2 is normally done in the spring before the crabgrass begins to grow.
Q Stilling think you’re seeing crabgrass?
A We’ve had a rough summer so chances are you are seeing crabgrass around the edges near sidewalks and driveways. Here’s why: it’s hot around those areas and the pre-emergent barrier can crack which allows the crabgrass to come up. Lucky for you, you have Green T and our pre-emergent comes with our Guarantee! We will come out and treat your crabgrass. Treating the growing crabgrass is tricky. We need to have cooler temperatures and wait for the crabgrass to mature. By waiting to lay the post-emergent with Round 5 or 6 of our program, it gives the crabgrass time to mature. This is important because if we lay the post-emergent down too early on premature crabgrass it will most likely continue to grow.
Q Is it really crabgrass you’re seeing?
A That depends where you are seeing it. If it is around the edges of your lawn, it most likely is crabgrass. However, if you are seeing in it the middle of your yard, chances are it is K-31 Fescue. This is a very common misconception. Below are images that can help you identify between the two.
Crabgrass can appear mid to late summer. It has spreading stems with wide leaves that lay relatively flat to the ground and point outward. One crabgrass plant is capable of producing 150,000 seeds per season and growing up to 12” in diameter. With many bordering lawns in the suburbs, previous signs are not necessary for new growth. Crabgrass is a difficult weed to control once it has sprouted and will leave large void areas in the lawn where they are killed. In turn, these “void areas” are typically popular stops for re-growth the following year.
K-31 Fescue is a hardy grass and is typically what you may see on a football or soccer field. This grows in clumps in the lawn and is usually darker in color than regular grasses. It is also commonly used as a filler in many over the counter seed products and can also be transported by animals such as birds. The only way to remove K-31 Fescue from your lawn, is by pulling it from the yard and seeding or continuously doing an aeration and overseeding in the fall.