How To Use Pre-Emergent Weed Killer in North & South Carolina
With a very mild winter, it’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about your lawn in the southern states. North and South Carolina in recent years have begun to see winter annual weeds like crabgrass begin to surface as early as mid-February. So, what does that mean for your lawn?
We all know that crabgrass is one of the first grassy weeds that will grow in your lawn in late winter and early spring. When soil temperatures are able to consistently stay between 50-55 degrees it creates the perfect environment for crabgrass to germinate from seeds that have been dormant all winter long. But it doesn’t stop there. Each crabgrass plant, when mature, produces thousands of seeds that will spread throughout your lawn and eventually take over entire areas of grass. The kicker? Each of those seeds can stay in your soil and wait until the following spring to begin a whole new generation of crabgrass plants.
While there are many cultural practices you can perform to help rid or control crabgrass invasions, the best defense is to apply a pre-emergent barrier in the spring, BEFORE crabgrass germinates. Keep in mind, pre-emergent barriers can control about 70% of crabgrass. At times, heavy spring rains, lawn traffic, and maintenance can break up the chemical preventative or pre-emergent barrier, allowing some crabgrass plants to breakthrough. When this occurs, the best solution is to spot treat emerging plants. Click here for a further explanation as to the best times to apply pre-emergent to your lawn.
Luckily, ExperiGreen Lawn Care knows exactly what to do. Our Essential and Premier Lawn Care programs include not only 1, but 2 applications of pre-emergent treatments in the spring to ensure your lawn does not fall prey to a crabgrass invasion. On certain lawn types, ExperiGreen may apply up to 4 pre-emergent treatments on an annual basis; crabgrass can be that big of a problem! Click here to learn how this program can benefit your lawn this spring and then call us to see you can save with our Early Bird Special!
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