How to Prevent and Control Crabgrass

How to Prevent and Control CrabgrassCrabgrass has long been one of the most common and pesky lawn weeds around. Although crabgrass is considered a summertime problem, it is an annual weed that completes its lifecycle over the course of a full year. It starts as a seed before sprouting in late spring when the soil temperatures begin to rise. As it grows taller and stronger, crabgrass will produce and distributes seeds. When summer ends and cooler weather returns, the plant itself may die, but the seeds remain, waiting for next spring so they can take over your lawn again. This is why the fall season is the perfect time to treat your lawn for crabgrass. Follow these helpful tips to help control your weed situation and prevent crabgrass before it becomes a problem.

Try to Keep Your Grass Healthy and Thick

Crabgrass can be an opportunistic weed. It preys on thin, dry patches of lawn that pop up during the long, hot summer months. If your lawn is especially dry, the crabgrass can completely take it over in just a few months. That’s why we recommend keeping your lawn healthy and thick throughout the summer. This means regular watering to make sure the soil stays moist.

Try Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Pre-emergent weed control is also highly recommended. It’s best to start applying your pre-emergent treatment before the weather begins to heat up again. Take note of your yard and remember which areas are more susceptible to crabgrass and other weeds. Then focus on those specific areas to keep the crabgrass from gaining a foothold as the growing season nears.

Use Mulch on Your Lawn

Healthy soil is just as important as healthy grass in the fight against crabgrass. Once you remove a patch of crabgrass from your lawn, try laying down some mulch in that area. This can help prevent the remaining crabgrass seeds from germinating and spawning new weeds. Even if your lawn does not have a history with crabgrass, applying a light layer of mulch can still be beneficial. However, it’s important not to use too much, as this can cause your grass to become compacted and affect its ability to grow properly.

Whether you are currently battling crabgrass or not, a bit of cautionary preparation can go a long way towards avoiding this annoying weed before it becomes a headache. If you’re still unsure of how to go about protecting and treating your lawn, you can always call the experienced lawn care professionals at Turf Shield. For more information on weed control or to schedule a consultation, please contact Turf Shield today and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more lawn care tips, updates and more.