Crabgrass season is almost upon us, but you can take steps right now to eliminate this annual pest from your lawn. Using just two applications of crabgrass treatment, Green Acres Lawn and Landscape can help your lawn look beautiful all summer long.

According to the National Weather Service, Ohio is likely to have a summer that’s hotter than average. Above average temperatures favor crabgrass growth. Last year’s crabgrass left seeds in your lawn, and when the soil temperature reaches 55°F consistently for a few days, it’s showtime! If the National Weather Service is correct, and you don’t take steps now to control it, your crabgrass could have a very good summer. 

Early treatment is key to controlling and eliminating crabgrass in your lawn. But just eliminating this noxious weed is only half of the plan. Crabgrass takes advantage of lawns that are weak and undernourished, so repairing your lawn with the right nutrients is also essential to preventing crabgrass from putting down roots in your lawn. 

In a crabgrass control plan, timing is everything. Initially, crabgrass treatments can also prevent desirable grass seeds from germinating. Taking steps to eliminate crabgrass, fertilize and strengthen your existing lawn and finally repairing bare spots caused by last season’s crabgrass can leave your lawn in excellent condition. It can also prepare your lawn to fight off crabgrass and a whole host of other weeds that can ruin a perfect lawn in no time.

<h2>Lawn maintenance is part of the crabgrass control plan</h2>

Another part of effective crabgrass control is lawn maintenance. One of the best things you can do to control crabgrass is to mow at the correct height. You might think that mowing your lawn short will give you the best control, but that will actually help crabgrass! If you raise the height of your mower, you’ll actually make it harder for crabgrass seeds to germinate. Longer grass shades the soil around it. Crabgrass doesn’t like shade, so crabgrass seeds will have a hard time germinating. 

Keep your lawn watered, especially when the temperature rises. Remember, crabgrass likes hot, dry conditions. When the ground is wet, crabgrass doesn’t grow well. By providing less-than-ideal conditions, you’ll make it harder on crabgrass to propagate and re-seed in the fall. Likewise, a second application of crabgrass treatment will kill both existing plants and new plants that may be trying to take up residence on your lawn. 

Fertilize your lawn regularly – about every 6-8 weeks during the summer. This will encourage desirable grasses to grow thicker and faster, which minimizes opportunities for weeds to attack your lawn. Fertilizer will also help your lawn develop deeper roots, making it tougher for weeds like crabgrass to set up shop. 

Despite having “grass” in its name, crabgrass isn’t like the grass that grows in your lawn. It’s an annual, so the first frost will kill it. Use the opportunity in the fall to repair bare spots that crabgrass has left behind. This will make it more difficult for crabgrass to re-emerge in the spring. 

Call Green Acres Lawn and Landscape today at (330) 308-0205. We’ll evaluate your lawn and work out a pre-emergent crabgrass treatment plan to help your lawn look its best all summer long!