How To Prevent Crabgrass (And Who Do We Blame For Creating It)

Getting ready for your grass to start growing again? Well, that’s not all that grows …

In this video I talk about the different types of crabgrass and when they pop up, and how the government is responsible! (conspiracy theory?)

Video Transcription
Joe Konkol here of Greenskeeper Lawn Care. I’m here to give you a few tips on crabgrass. This is the time of the season we put down our crabgrass pre-emergent. And here is a fact that you may not know. In the 1849 I believe, United States Government actually introduced crabgrass to help feed the plains animals. And if they only knew that this was going to turn into a multi-million or maybe billion dollar business for trying to keep it out.

And the other thing you may not know about crabgrass is that crabgrass germinates because of soil temperature. Most people believe that it germinates because of air temperature. They always say, when the forsythia blooms, you should be getting your crabgrass preventer down. But for the most part, it’s soil temperature. The smooth crabgrass maybe germinates about 58 degrees soil temperature, and the hairy crabgrass is the upper 60’s. So we have plenty of time to get our crabgrass control down.

We usually start applying crabgrass preventer in the beginning of April, and our first service runs from the beginning of April to the end of April. And in May we follow up with another application of crabgrass pre-emergent.

If you’re not already on a program with us, call our office at (203) 696-0278 and ask for Mark to get started.

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