At the beginning of spring, fresh green grass emerges, having officially shaken off winter’s dull frost.
But grass doesn’t always make its debut alone—sometimes crabgrass threatens to steal the spotlight. After hiding in the soil all winter, this course-textured, yellow-green weed begins to sprout.
Your best bet to stop crabgrass from taking over your lawn is to ensure it never grows at all! Read more about how to make this happen with pre-emergent.
Using a pre-emergent stops crabgrass seeds from sprouting or germinating. If applied correctly, you may not see a single cluster of crabgrass this season!
Look for the below signs to pinpoint the best time to apply pre-emergent in your region. Keep in mind that soil and air temperature aren’t the same, so use a soil thermometer for an accurate check.
Pre-emergent doesn’t know to only kill weed-generating seeds. So, if you plant grass seeds, they’ll be killed right along with the weeds.
That's why it's typically best to wait two-to-four months before reseeding, but each pre-emergent is different. Follow the guidelines for your product, or if you opted for a professional, ask their opinion.
Crabgrass control works best when your lawn is in good shape, so try these few general care tips: