Control Crabgrass to Ensure a Healthy Lawn

Tip for Homeowners on How to Prevent Crabgrass on Your Lawn

While many lawn owners worry about crabgrass once it appears, the best time to take care of the problem is before it starts. Once crabgrass starts to appear, getting rid of it can become a labor-intensive project.

Why is crabgrass an issue? Crabgrass prevents other grasses from growing, eventually spreading and taking over and thinning out desirable lawn grasses.

One crabgrass plant can produce over 500,000 seeds. Those seeds will remain in place over the winter and germinate when soil temperatures reach 60 degrees or more.

In order for crabgrass to grow, it must also have full light. A natural way to control crabgrass is keeping the length of your desired grass between 2.5 and 3 inches. This will shade the soil surface and discourage the growth of any crabgrass.

Getting prepared for treating crabgrass yourself or through a service is important. If you apply a pre-emergence herbicide in the spring or before soil temperatures reach 60 degrees it will go a long way toward taking care of the crabgrass problem.


When choosing a service company make sure you schedule your treatment in February so crabgrass does not take hold and create a costly problem.

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Larrabee M. Smith February 17, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Mr. Buechner, Thank you very much. I've applied some nearly every year for at least 40 but never in February. This will be a first.
Thom February 18, 2013 at 01:34 AM
This is recycled article, anyone who is licensed by NJDEP to apply pesticides/fertilizer can NOT apply between Dec1 and March 1. Soil temps in feb are not even close to being warm enough to allow crabgrass to germinate, would be wasting money putting it down now and adding more unneeded chemicals to water supply and environment.


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