Crabgrass is one of the most common weeds (plants that are often unwanted and invasive, grow by taking up nutrients, sunlight and space of actual and desired plant) found in your lawn and gardens. Crabgrass, annually occurring weeds, which comes back each year is native in warm and tropical regions. Crabgrass has the ability to spread thousands of seeds during one season. Crabgrass also known as finger-grass can thrive in dried and sun-scorched patches of your lawn. Seeds of crabgrass like other weeds are spread through winds, waterways, animals, birds and use of machinery. There are a number of ways to get rid of crabgrass. But the best method to prevent crabgrass from growing in your gardens and lawns is the use of crabgrass preventer. In this piece of information, we will explain what crabgrass preventer is; shed light on how to use it and what is the best time to apply it so that we can have the best results. Other than the use if crabgrass preventer, some of the methods used to kill crabgrass are listed below:
- Killing crabgrass by maintaining a healthy and thick lawn.
- Cutting while the crabgrass is young.
- Using weed killer spray to kill crabgrass.
What is crabgrass preventer?
Crabgrass preventer is an herbicide (weed killer). Crabgrass preventer prevents crabgrass from emerging before the seeding season.
How to use crabgrass preventer?
To spray crabgrass preventer on your lawn, you will need following things:
- Crabgrass preventer, this can be easily bought from a nearby garden store.
- A spray bottle.
- A pair of hand gloves and a nose mask.
Put the preventer in the spray bottle and get to work. Spray thoroughly in your garden.
Time to apply preventer:
There are different viewpoints as to when is the best time to apply the crabgrass preventer. Let us see all of them:
- Some experts are of the view that spring season is the best time to apply the crabgrass preventer. This is the time when the crabgrass sprouts. The preventer works as a layer over the soil and prevents the crabgrass from sprouting. Another useful tip in the application of crabgrass preventer is to add up some fertilizer, this enables in the better growth of the grass and thick grass grows. This limits up to the space available for the crabgrass to emerge. The timing of the application is of the essence her, apply a bit early and the seeds will still sprout in because the preventer will be affected by the natural processes going on in the soil. Get a little late and the seeds will have sprouted. The preventer will work in the late application scenario but the results will not be very effective.
- Some other experts are of the view that does not depend on the calendar, know your grass. Keep a check on the temperature of the grass. Get a grass thermometer from a nearby garden store. In order to get the best result from the thermometer, measure a length of two inches on a screwdriver, push the screwdriver inside the soil and pull it out, then insert the thermometer to measure the temperature of the soil. It is mentioned on the packing of the soil thermometer that how long it should be kept in the soil for an accurate measurement. Keep tabs on the temperature of the soil. The period to usually do this in between the second and third mowing of the season. Crabgrass germinates when the temperature of the soil is between 55 to 60F° for 5-10 consecutive days. This is the time to apply the crabgrass preventer and get the best results from your preventer and kill a lot of crabgrass. As crabgrass is an annual weed, it will keep come back again so you will have to repeat the process on yearly basis. If the crabgrass in your garden is a tough one, then you will have to take some action again. The seeds of crabgrass have the potential and power to resist the preventer, depending upon the life of the preventer, because most preventers have a life of forty to sixty days and once this time is over and in case seeds survive then the sprouts can emerge.
- Apart from the above two approaches, it is also said that you can apply the crabgrass preventer on tough patches which do not go away from one single spray and sprout. Pulling is also an effective option against tough patches. Applying a double dose on grass in driveways and sidewalks help as such patches get a lot of sunshine and crabgrass can grow very strong in such patches.
By acting on all the above-mentioned methods, you can give crabgrass tough time and remove this tough weed from your lawn and make it beautiful and grassy again.