How to Prevent Crabgrass
Warmer spring temperatures bring your lawn to life. Unfortunately, tenacious crabgrass also comes to life during this season. Crabgrass is usually blamed for any unwanted grass that grows in someone’s manicured lawn. Keep crabgrass from taking over your lawn with a little preventative action. If it has already established itself, you can control and remove it from your lawn. Follow these simple tips to defend your turf from crabgrass, and be one step closer to having a perfect lawn.
The best defense against crabgrass is a healthy lawn. Unwanted grasses simply can’t get the necessary toehold to thrive in a robust stand of grass. Follow these basic lawn care guidelines to keep crabgrass from becoming a problem in your lawn:
Mulch the Soil
Healthy soil also helps combat crabgrass. Lay down some mulch right after you remove a patch of crabgrass. The crabgrass seeds that may be left behind in the soil will have a difficult time germinating because of the mulch. A light layer of mulch can be beneficial, but using too much can cause your grass to become compacted. Yes, compacted areas will not grow crabgrass, but it will not be able to grow the desired grass for your lawn, either.
Mow at the Proper Height
Prevent crabgrass by mowing at the proper height for your grass type. Mowing higher allows taller grass blades to shade the soil, which in turn helps prevent the germination of crabgrass seeds. On the other hand, cutting your lawn too short will create patches where crabgrass and other weeds can grow.
Keep Your Lawn Long and Thick
The best defense against a crabgrass infestation is to keep your lawn healthy and thick. An unhealthy lawn is exactly the foothold that crabgrass needs to begin to flourish. Water your lawn regularly and make sure that the soil is always moist. The healthier your lawn is, the fewer opportunities crabgrass will be able to work its way into your turf.
Using Pre-Emergent Treatments
Crabgrass begins growing when the weather is consistently hot. Therefore, the best time to use a pre-emergent is in the early spring before the grass has begun to develop. You have plenty of time to apply a treatment before the growing season begins.
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