Crabgrass is a nuisance that returns year after year, and year after year the battle begins to remove it from your yard. Let this be the year crabgrass won’t appear. A landscape professional has ways to rid your Westchester County, NY, property of crabgrass for good, freeing your time for more enjoyable outdoor activities.
What Is Crabgrass?
Crabgrass is an annual weed that forms its blades like a crab’s legs, bending over the ground like long claws. It thrives in the hot summer weather and is hardy and rarely dies from lack of water. Because this weed lays so close to the ground, the mower does not cut the blades and then the crabgrass continues to spread. Following the appropriate schedule can keep that pesky weed from invading your yard.
Unfortunately, even if you have done your best to keep crabgrass out of your landscape, the seeds can blow from neighbors’ yards into your yard. In early spring, pre-emergent herbicide weed control can be used to keep any crabgrass seeds from germinating. This is a barrier that prevents the plants from sprouting in the summer.
Organic fertilizer used to treat to your grass as it begins to green up can provide the nutrients it needs for the growing season. This is also the time for broadleaf control for weeds like dandelions and plantain. Late spring is also the time to apply grub control to prevent damage from grubs in your fall yard.
Mid-summer is when to apply a second round of organic fertilizer to feed your grass in the hot summer weather. One of the most effective ways to prevent crabgrass and other weeds from overtaking your lawn is to nurture a healthy, lush stand of grass. Thick, vigorous grass growth crowds out weeds.
A final application of organic grass fertilizer is due in the early fall to help your grass finish out the season with strong roots. Early fall is also the time to apply post-emergent crabgrass control to kill any crabgrass that has had the chance to grow.
Late fall is when a second application of a broadleaf weed control herbicide should usually be applied to penetrate the roots of these weeds, causing them to die and not return in the spring.
Preparing your landscape for the New York winter includes a final fertilizer application to help your grass survive the winter with nutrients it needs to return strong and lush for the next growing season. This is one of the most important things that can be done to keep your grass healthy.
A highly effective way to eliminate crabgrass and other broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, clover, and plantain is to practice good cultivation methods. When your yard does not follow a regular schedule of weed preventer, lawn fertilizer, and post-emergent weed killer, you end up with a summer spent pulling weeds and striving unsuccessfully to kill what is left.
A dedicated lawn professional has the resources and expertise to address your lawn problems during each season. Dethatching and core aeration in the fall, liming and winterizing, and fertilization are just some of the preparations to create the green summer grass you want. With spring and fall cleanups of limbs, debris, removal of dead shrubs, and any general grooming, a lawn care service will prepare your property to look its best at any time of the year.