Controlling crabgrass can be more difficult than most people believe. Crabgrass is an annual weed. This means that it completes its life cycle in one year and then repeats. Crabgrass germinates through the spring. It then flourishes through the summer producing many seeds. The first frost is usually when it begins to die (usually in the beginning of October).
Controlling crabgrass can be daunting. Take action in the spring before crabgrass begins to appear in your lawn. Applying a pre-emergent in the spring helps prevent crabgrass seeds from germinating. Unfortunately, this does not prevent this weed 100%.
Contributing Factors To Controlling Crabgrass:
- Excessive Rainfall – Spring & early summer rains can dilute the pr-emergent barrier.
- Excessive Dry Conditions – Cracks in the ground let crabgrass seeds deeper down to germinate.
- Turning Over Soil In The Lawn – Such as mower ruts or tilling in an area to reseed.
- Uneven or Under Application
Once crabgrass has appeared it is important to treat quickly. The larger crabgrass grows, the harder it is to control. Feel free to call Brookside Lawn Service at 888.701.LAWN for any questions regarding crabgrass.