As spring continues to gives us some awesome weather, your lawn is beginning to recover from the winter. Your lawn care is shifting to weed and crabgrass prevention. March to April is the best time to begin getting serious with your weed and crabgrass control before they can develop and fully mature this is key! Once weeds and crabgrass begin to develop, eliminating them becomes very difficult. So attacking them before they even establish themselves in the lawn’d root system is the most effective way to control weeds throughout the season.
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Benefits of Pre-Emergent Weed Control
- Controls weed during germination, so no unsightly dead foliage appears after the weeds die
- Weeds you pre-emergently control do not have the opportunity to produce seed.
- Controls weeds and crab grass for several months.
- Granular based pre-emergent that creates a barrier in the soil to stop the germination
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Crabgrass is a weed that grows annually with wide, spreading leaves that can stretch out in diameter up to 12 inches. These plants are capable of producing over 150,000 seeds and they leave behind large areas of dead grass if they are removed after they sprout. The best way to combat crabgrass is to attack it before it starts to grow with preventative pre-emergent.
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Here at Green T we apply a spread-on, granular based pre-emergent that creates a barrier in the soil to stop the germination of crabgrass. Applying this pre-emergent in mid-March to the end of April, can be quite effective in preventing crabgrass growth throughout the season but applying it too early in March can disrupt the germination of the grass seed.
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Along with the addition of crabgrass control, mid-spring lawn care should also maintain focus on slow release fertilizer and weed control to continue the recovery and promote a strong and healthy root system is a lawn’s best natural defense against weed growth and development and the continuation of slow release fertilizer applications throughout the spring will help strengthen the root system to effectively fight off weeds all season.