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Crabgrass Preventer - Timing is Everything3/23/2012


Do n't be one of those lawn owners who "wonder why they have crabgrass in summer even though they put down crabgrass preventer in spring".

Most weed prevention failures relate to making the application too late to prevent those pesky crabgrass seeds from germinating (more about this later). Be sure to apply your pre-emergent weed control before crabgrass and other annual weeds germinate.

 


The next big question is which product do I buy? Scotts Step One, or Scotts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Fertilizer? The answer to that question is: "Scotts Step One is sold predominentely by the big boxes and is much more expensive then Scotts Lawn Pro label, yet Lawn Pro is the Landscaping Professional's choice of the same product. The major difference between the two is that Lawn Pro has less nitrogen then Step One. What does that mean to your lawn? It means it will not grow as fast! What does that mean to you? Less mowing! Lawn Pro is also Phosphate Free, which is environmentally friendly, and of course, it is less expensive.

CrabgrassKill Visible Crabgrass

Crabgrass gets its name because it sprawls from a central root low across the ground. It can become a problem quickly because it is able to grow vigorously in hot, dry conditions. Before dying in the fall, a single weed can distribute thousands of seeds which will be ready to germinate in spring. Crabgrass is a problem, but you can take care of these weeds in your lawn easily with our plan.

Prevention and Maintenance

Grass mowing heightSet Mowing Height to High

Higher mowing encourages lawn grasses to shade and prevent the germination of crabgrass seeds. A deep, thick lawn seldom contains much crabgrass. You can discourage crabgrass by mowing at the proper height for your grass type.

Deep Water Your Lawn

Weeds are better adapted to adverse growing conditions than most lawn grasses. Shallow and infrequent watering will only weaken the roots of your grass, while allowing the crabgrass to thrive and take over. Water lawns deeply and less frequently. When you water, wet the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches. This usually requires the equivalent of 1/2-1 inch of rainfall.

Crabgrass DefinedCrabgrass Defined:

Crabgrass gets its name because it sprawls from a central root low across the ground. It can become a problem quickly because it is able to grow vigorously in hot, dry conditions. Before dying in the fall, a single weed can distribute thousands of seeds which will be ready to germinate in spring. Crabgrass is a problem, but you can rid your lawn of the weeds easily with our plan.