Our 6 Visit Lawn Care, Crabgrass & Yellow Nutsedge Control Program
The programs start in late February runs until late November.
Crabgrass spreads quickly during the warm summer months. Between midsummer and early fall, each plant produces thousands of seeds. The first frost kills the plants, but the seeds remain dormant through the winter. When the ground temperature warms up, the seeds begin to grow.
New crabgrass appears from mid-spring to midsummer. The key to crabgrass control is making sure the seeds cannot germinate. Showcase Lawn Works prevents crabgrass seeds from germinating in a number of ways.
The best defense against crabgrass is a healthy lawn. Unwanted grasses and weeds simply can’t get the necessary toehold to thrive in a robust stand of grass. Showcase recommends the basic lawn care guidelines to keep crabgrass from becoming a problem in your yard:
- Mow at frequent intervals to keep the grass a fairly consistent length. Check the recommended mowing heights for your type of grass and cut your lawn at the highest recommended setting. Crabgrass requires plenty of light to germinate, so keep the grass as thick and long as possible to create shade near the soil surface. Cutting your lawn too close produces patches where crabgrass and other weeds can germinate.
- Timing is essential when using pre-emergent herbicides. Showcase insures the application times are scheduled depending on weather patterns in your area. If your area has experienced a warmer than usual winter, you’ll probably need to apply the herbicide earlier than usual.
- If we aerate and over-seed then we wait until you have mowed your lawn three times before applying the herbicide to avoid killing the new grass seedlings.
- Showcase uses a pre-emergent herbicide during late winter or during early spring of the next year to prevent any crabgrass seeds left behind from developing at the next opportunity.
- If the crabgrass seeds have already sprouted and crabgrass has appeared in your grass, the pre-emergent herbicide will do no good. However, you still have an option. Post-emergent herbicide products control crabgrass after it has already germinated.
- Showcase will select a post-emergent herbicides that will kill the new crabgrass plants. Our experienced technicians will insure the right amount of post-emergent herbicide that you can safely apply depending on the type of grass you have.
- Our 6 visit program will keep an eye out for newly germinated crabgrass plants. Any plants that may have germinated since the initial application will require a follow-up spot treatment.
- If the crabgrass plants are fairly well established, we will apply the herbicide as many times as needed.
If you notice Nutsedge in your lawn, please call us for a Nutsedge application. If we see it while we are treating the lawn, we will treat for Nutsedge.
Yellow Nutsedge is a rapidly spreading warm season perennial weed. It forms brown colored tubers at the tips of underground stems called rhizomes. This weed can be a severe problem over the summer in both warm and cool-season turf species.
Sedge control generally requires applications in July and August when it is actively growing. Pulling the weed up in lawns or beds leaves the root or “nut” in the ground and it will quickly grow back. Therefore, the use of herbicides is the best method of control.