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Stop Crabgrass this Spring

Prevent Crabgrass this Spring

Prevent crabgrass this spring in Lansing and Jackson, Michigan. Also known as finger grass, crabgrass is an opportunistic lawn weed that sprouts in late spring where there is bare soil, water, and sunlight, and can be a real nuisance to deal with. It is important to stop the proliferation of this weed in your Michigan lawns this spring.

Prevent Crabgrass this Spring

While it is important to address this weed early, it is also possible to do so without the use of chemicals. Many pesticides may disagree, but adding more chemicals to our polluted world seems menacing. Preventing crabgrass this spring may be time consuming, so if you are a busy professional call Lansing #1 lawn care guy, Mike Cowing at (517) 358 – 9346 or email at sales@topnotchlawnandsnow.

First, you will need to stop seed production and dissemination. Second, you will need to suppress germination and solarize the soil. This can be done in four (4) steps.

What to do with all of these seeds?

Pull out as many of the crabgrass throughout your yard and bag immediately. Do not add this yard waste to a compost pile, because you want to ensure these seeds do not circulate at all on your property. If there are large patches, you can naturally kill midsummer weeds using an herbicide containing ingredients such as clove oil and citric acid. Most importantly, just remember it will kill any plant it touches.

Bagging this plant or clippings is important. Another option is to tie the top of the bag and leave it in a sunny place for four to six weeks, which will let the heat kill any seeds. After that, it’s safer to compost.

How do I stop crabgrass from coming back?

A healthy lush lawn is deep and long. If your lawn density is high, then it will discourage crabgrass from setting in. Here are some steps to defending against these pesky weeds:

  • Set your mower to the top setting
  • Deeply water your lawn infrequently
  • Plant grass in the fall

You can discourage crabgrass by mowing your lawn higher. The natural growing grass will shade out the crabgrass from taking root. Additionally, this weed adapts better to adverse growing conditions than most lawn grasses. Shallow, frequent watering encourages shallow root growth, making the grass more likely to suffer during periods of heat and drought. That kind of stress can lead to thin patches and bare spots that crabgrass will take advantage of. Instead, water lawns deeply (to a depth of 6 to 8 inches) and infrequently to encourage your lawn to develop deeper roots, so it can grow thicker to help crowd out weeds. Lastly, crabgrass plants will be killed by frost in the fall, leaving behind bare spots. Don’t panic! All you need to do is repair the bare spots to help keep new weeds out. Plant desirable grass in these spots.

The Power of the Sun

Our sun is a giant fusion reactor 92.96 million miles from earth. You can use this star in your lawn care strategy. You can solarize your lawn with this nifty trick: In the warmest, sunniest part of the year, mow the plants as short as possible, water generously, and then cover the area with a sheet of clear plastic.

Seal the edges all the way around by digging a shallow trench and covering the perimeter of the plastic with soil. Take care not to puncture the sheet and leave it in place for four to six weeks. The plastic will heat up the ground enough to kill all seeds underneath. You can then reseed the ground with the grass you want afterward.