Crabgrass is among the most elusive of Lawn and Garden Weeds. Many home owners spend time and money spraying patches of Crabgrass with Round Up in May and June, just to see it return in days. Other homeowners will call and complain that a Fertilizer Company sprayed their lawn 4 times last year, but the crabgrass never got put in check as promised. I am here to let you in on an important secret. Crabgrass control is possible.
Timing, Timing, Timing…
There is only one way to truly rid your lawn of nasty Crabgrass, that’s to never let it get there in the first place. Once the seeds of this weed have germinated and sprouted, you are in for a losing battle until the next cool season. Applying Pre-emergent Weed Preventer very early in spring and late fall stops the germination process early, and allows your favorable grass seeds to flourish. I have always gotten strange looks in March when I was applying Crabgrass control to my lawn, while others were still worrying about snow piles. Most importantly to realize also is that your window of opportunity is very short lived, as seen in this “borrowed”graphic from Lowes.
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn Ya!