You know that frustrating feeling. You look out over your beautifully manicured lawn, and you see patches of coarse crabgrass shooting up all over. You are at a loss. You have done everything in your power to maintain your healthy, lush lawn, and despite the actions you have taken to ensure crabgrass control, it still pervades. How do you eliminate it once and for all?
Weeding is the most cost-effective way to control crabgrass. While it is not the easiest and likely the most time-consuming tactic, it is sufficient for removing the grass from your yard. However, while weeding is suitable for limited removal, it will not prevent further growth.
Another cornerstone of crabgrass control is called deep watering. Crabgrass is considered an arid type of weed, meaning that it prefers dry landscapes. Therefore, when watering your yard, your goal is to drown it out. If you overwater your yard, then crabgrass cannot survive. However, this method has to be used repeatedly to ensure the elimination of the crabgrass, and while that may be OK in some areas, others have restrictions on the amount of watering you can do.
A more obvious approach is to use a specially formulated herbicide to stop the germination process. However, for this to work, you have to wait until the ground temperature is at least 55 degrees and germination begins. You can spread the herbicide at the same time you fertilize your yard to improve efficiency.
Crabgrass prefers to have room to grow. Therefore, keeping your yard full and healthy is vital to controlling this cumbersome weed. Anytime you notice that your yard is thinning out, or that bare spots are developing, immediately seed the areas.
While crabgrass control is possible for the average homeowner, it does require persistence. Fortunately, there are companies available who will maintain your yard for you, ensuring the health, beauty and protection of your luscious landscape.