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Controlling and Preventing Crabgrass in Your Lawn

 In Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

A picture of crabgrass found in Central FL - Heron Home & OutdoorWhat is crabgrass? Every Central FL homeowner knows that crabgrass can turn a beautiful lawn into a total eyesore, but how many of us know the reasons why it shows up and grows so easily? It may seem like crabgrass will find a way to thrive regardless of what we do to prevent it. However, controlling crabgrass is entirely possible, and goes hand in hand with keeping a healthy lawn.

Read on for more information from our lawn care experts at Heron Home & Outdoor! We will teach you how to get rid of crabgrass on your lawn and how to keep it from growing back.

What is Crabgrass?

Some people have trouble telling if the weeds in their lawn are indeed crabgrass. What you’re looking for are thicker blades of grass that extend further in length and lower to the ground than the rest of your lawn. Crabgrass is elusive to lawnmowers and resistant to foot traffic, making it quite difficult to get rid of.

Additionally, one crabgrass plant is able to produce up to 150,000 seedlings that can lie dormant in the soil for years! This means that even if you manage to get rid of active crabgrass growth, you could be in for more in years to come. It is imperative that you deal with crabgrass as soon as you discover it to avoid this problem.

Methods of Controlling Crabgrass

So, what is the best way to get rid of crabgrass? In truth, there is no one answer. We stand by three main methods of lawn care to control crabgrass:

Irrigation: We recommend that you run a sprinkler system twice weekly, applying 3/4”-1” of water each time. Strong, deeply-watered roots will rob crabgrass of adequate space to grow.
Mowing: Keep your grass at a height of 2 1/2”-3” to prevent crabgrass. Mowing your lawn too short will allow for higher soil temperatures that invite crabgrass growth.
Fertilization: You should be making use of both pre-emergent and post-emergent pesticides. The former can be applied in the early spring to prevent potential growth, and the latter work to destroy active crabgrass growth.

Expert Lawn Care in Central FL

Are you tired of dealing with crabgrass growing in your yard year after year? The expert lawn care technicians at Heron Home & Outdoor have made crabgrass a thing of the past for many Central FL homeowners and are prepared to do the same for you! With holistic inspection techniques and top-of-the-line equipment, we can deliver results quickly and efficiently and will always return for additional lawn care as needed. For a free quote, contact us today!

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