Lawn fertilizer service from Landworks can prevent crabgrass all year. Crabgrass grows well in hot, dry conditions and poor soil like so much of what we have in Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village, and Kansas City. So well, in fact, that it will get the upper hand on turfgrasses that are under heat stress. This means that one of the best ways to keep crabgrass at bay is to ensure that your soil is nutrient-rich and your lawn is lush and green.
What is Crabgrass?
One of the most unsightly and toughest things to get rid of in a landscape, crabgrass is yellowish to lime green in color, with broader leaves than turfgrass. Side shoots spread and root, giving the plant a zig-zag appearance. An application of pre-emergent in early spring helps prevent germination, and a post-emergent should be applied later in the summer.
Crabgrass is an annual, meaning that it germinates, seeds, and dies all in the same year. This doesn’t mean that it won’t return next year, however. Each crabgrass plant produces as many as 150,000 seeds during its growing season. Those seeds hang out on your lawn all winter, preparing to start the cycle all over again in spring. Seeds can even stick around to germinate in future years if conditions aren’t ideal for their first spring.
Preventing seeds from successfully germinating is as crucial to controlling crabgrass as lawn fertilizer service. Products that prevent crabgrass use what are known as “pre-emergent” herbicides, meaning they target germinating seeds before the new plants can emerge from the soil.
How Pre-Emergent Herbicides Work
- The herbicide soaks into the mulch/soil when properly watered
- Creates an invisible barrier in the mulch/soil area
- Stops weed seeds from germinating
- Kills newly germinated seeds
Benefits of Using Pre-Emergent
- Using a pre-emergent herbicide is the most effective way to control weeds
- Poses no danger to desirable plants
- Use of pre-emergent in the spring and fall decreases the need to use weed killers throughout the summer
- Pre-emergent herbicides kill the weed permanently
- Less labor-intensive
- No dead material to clean up
- One-time application- soaks into soil if properly watered
- Prevents weeds for weeks
Preventing Crabgrass With Lawn Fertilizer Service From Landworks
Lawn fertilizer service from Landworks lawn care company makes keeping your turf lush and green easy. Early in spring, usually between late March and mid-April, Landworks uses a combination of fertilizer, which feeds your grass to keep it strong and healthy through the hot summer, and pre-emergent. Then, six to eight weeks later, we apply both products again, along with a broadleaf weed killer to take care of anything the pre-emergent may have missed.
Landworks has trained and certified professionals ready to make the soft, verdant lawn of your dreams a reality. For more information about lawn fertilizer service or any other landscaping needs, click here or call Landworks at (913) 422-9300.