Spring Fertilization and Crabgrass Control

What is crabgrass? Crabgrass is an annual summer plant, germinating from seed every spring and will grow more prominent as the weather gets warmer. Crabgrass produces seed in late summer and is neutralized by a hard frost in fall. The crabgrass seed that germinates in your lawn this spring originated late last summer. If you had crabgrass in your yard last year, it is essential that you take steps to control it this year. Controlling crabgrass at the seed stage. The most efficient way to control crabgrass is to stop the crabgrass seed from becoming settled in your lawn by applying a preemergent herbicide, usually referred to as crabgrass preventer. A pre-emergent herbicide forms a herbicide barrier at the surface of the soil. As a crabgrass seed germinates, the emerging root contacts the herbicide barrier. The preemergent herbicide breaks up healthy root growth and the crabgrass seedling soon wither without...

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