Everyone wants a full, green, luscious lawn. No one wants a lawn full of weeds. That’s why it’s important to identify the type of weed and begin treatment before weeds take over your lawn. Crabgrass is no exception. It thrives on sunlight and thin, bare lawns.

Crabgrass seeds reproduce quickly (up to 150,000 seeds per plant) making it a rapid growing weed.

Crabgrass is a coarse light green clump of grass that when looking down on it resembles a crab. The life cycle is a simple one. All in the same year, it will germinate, live and die. But it doesn’t stop when the season ends and it seems to die. The seeds that produce crabgrass are well beneath the soil waiting for the next year to start its life cycle. This is one of the times during the year pre-emergent needs to be applied.

In the fall (Oct./Nov.) a pre-emergent treatment will help target germinating seeds before they can emerge in the spring. In late February/early March, another treatment should also be applied once the soil temperature reaches above 55 degrees. This will help prevent most of the remaining seeds from germinating. Any crabgrass that emerges should be treated with an herbicide to help kill off these weeds.

Keeping your lawn trimmed to 3-3.5 inches and filling any bare spots in with sod or seed will also help keep weeds from taking over your lawn. The less room weeds have to grow and spread, the easier it will be to have a weed-free, beautiful lawn.

Contact Safe Earth Pest Control today. We do more than just insects, we take excellent care of lawns also. 214-321-2847