Having a beautiful and healthy lawn is a priority for many homeowners, and one of the most common issues that can damage it is the presence of crabgrass. Crabgrass is an invasive weed that can quickly spread and take over a lawn, causing unsightly patches and ruining the overall appearance of your outdoor space. To prevent this from happening, most lawn care companies, including SecureLawn, apply pre-emergent crabgrass control treatments. However, it’s important to consider the benefits of extended crabgrass control into mid-April in middle Tennessee.
Pre-Emergent Treatments for Crabgrass Control
By applying pre-emergent treatments in the pre-spring period and in March and April, the pre-emergence barrier can maintain an effective barrier to prevent crabgrass seed germination during the peak outdoor living period of summer. This two-treatment plan is usually very effective in preventing crabgrass from taking over your lawn. However, if something disrupts the barrier, such as spring or summer core aeration, digging and planting a tree or shrub, drought with cracking of the ground disrupting the barrier, or even excessive flooding, you may still experience summer crabgrass problems.
That’s why it’s essential to consider extending crabgrass control into mid-April. By doing so, you can ensure that your lawn remains protected from crabgrass throughout the summer months. This is especially important in middle Tennessee, where the hot and humid climate creates ideal conditions for crabgrass to thrive.
It’s also important to note that the preemergent barrier will begin to naturally break down through the latter month of August. This is because most homeowners do their fall seeding ritual during the months of September, October, and into early November. You don’t want any herbicide residual present in your lawn during this time because it could inhibit seed germination and young turf development. Therefore, top priority in the fall should be all about seeding and turf establishment.
In conclusion, if you want to keep your lawn healthy and free from crabgrass, it’s important to consider extending crabgrass control into mid-April. This will ensure that your lawn remains protected throughout the summer months, even if something disrupts the preemergent barrier. Remember, a healthy and beautiful lawn requires year-round attention and care, so don’t neglect this crucial step in your lawn care routine.