Crabgrass is considered a lawn pest. Crabgrass typically looks like a stem that has a long, wide flat leaf blades that extend out and rest on the ground. It grows in patches, so they are typically found in a patch/circle formation. This patch can be up to 12 inches in diameter. This weed has a very long germination period, and can produce upwards of 150,000 seeds a year. The seeds germinate starting in late spring and early summer. There are different types of crabgrass, including Hairy Crabgrass, which looks reddish or purplish when it grows in.
Crabgrass really hits lawn and gardens the hardest. It grows particularly well in lawns that are lightly watered, under fertilized, poorly drained and the grass grows in thin. When a plant dies in the fall, it leaves a void in the lawn or garden. This becomes prime territory for crabgrass to grow in. When it grows in, the lawn doesn’t look the same uniformly throughout. The patches disrupt the look of the lawn. Also, if crabgrass grows in gardens where crops are being grown, the crabgrass can out grow the crop. If the crabgrass were to out grow the crop, that could mean that the crop will produce lesser results. For example, if one were to grow a vegetable, the crabgrass can grow in so quick that instead of growing 10 tomatoes, you only grow 4.
It is essential to apply a preventative treatment down to ensure your lawn can stay crabgrass free this season. Please contact us today for a free lawn estimate!