Crabgrass Season is Upon Us

Crabgrass in lawn

A consistent early spring pre emergent application is the most important treatment of the year!

These images show what a healthy lawn looks like vs a lawn that did not receive an early spring crabgrass pre emergent treatment. Crabgrass will grow in thin areas in the lawn or areas that are mowed too short! Crabgrass loves the heat and you will easily see it on the edge of lawns by driveways and sidewalks.

Crabgrass

Crabgrass germinates when soil temps are 60 degrees or higher for at least a week. Missed areas during spring pre emergent control applications are left exposed and vulnerable to crabgrass germination. This is why it is the most important application of the year because it sets the foundation for how your lawn will perform all season!

Lawn & Garden Tips

Crabgrass vs Fescue and the Common Misconception

Spring is coming up and the most common misconception many people have is that they often confuse crabgrass with fescue in their lawns. As a lawn comes out of dormancy from the cold winter months, fescue makes its appearance first with dark green clumps. Crabgrass typically will not be evident in a lawn until late spring.


Read below on some of the key differences between crabgrass and fescue and let the trusted professionals at Central Ohio Lawn Service help get your lawn protected this year.


Crabgrass

Crabgrass is easily identifiable around the edges of your lawn by the driveway and sidewalks in late spring/summer. The sun causes the pavement to heat up which results in soil temps rising in these areas allowing crabgrass seeds to germinate easier in these spots. There are many ways to prevent and control crabgrass but a poor pre-emergent application could leave your lawn exposed. 

- Pre-Emergent early spring

- Proper application techniques

- Post-Emergent crabgrass herbicides

Fescue

Fescue is a bunch-type grass that is wide bladed. This type of grass species is easily identifiable in a blue grass lawn in spring and summer as these clumps tend to green up faster than traditional bluegrass. Although fescue is considered a weed in a bluegrass lawn, there are many benefits to having a fescue lawn.

- Heat/Drought Tolerant

- Withstands Foot Traffic

- Typically Disease Resistant

Ground Ivy - "Creeping Charlie"

 Ground Ivy or "Creeping Charlie" can be one of the most difficult weeds to get rid of completely due to its vines and ability to spread rapidly by runners or by seed. Traditional herbicides unfortunately do not completely control this nuisance weed. It can invade your lawn & garden and be a pain to eradicate. Luckily with service by our lawn service professionals we can rid this weed from your property with properly timed treatments. Keep checking our weed catalog for more information on weeds and lawn & garden tips.