A lush, green lawn is something to be proud of, but unsightly weeds — no matter how green they are — can make any lawn look less than appealing. If invasive weeds like crabgrass have you considering your weed control options, then look to the source to help you fix the problem and mend your tired lawn.
Here are five questions to ask yourself before you kill off your crabgrass to help your lawn benefit from the invasion.
- Is your soil too dry? Crabgrass doesn’t need a lot to survive. Thriving in dry, shallow soil, crab grass can take over a poorly-watered lawn in no time. If you’ve been finding crabgrass popping up on your lawn, then try watering the area thoroughly (enough to saturate the soil up to 6 inches deep) to give your other, more aesthetically-pleasing grass the opportunity to grow.
- Is your soil healthy? Unlike crabgrass and other weeds that can scavenge for nutrients, your grass needs its nutrients delivered directly to its roots. If your soil has a poor nutritional content (or if it has been compacted too much) fertilizers can have a hard time making their way to your grass’s roots. To give your grass a fighting chance, make sure your soil is healthy by ensuring it has the nutrients it needs to reclaim its territory.
- Is your soil too hard? Compacted soil not only makes it difficult for nutrients to reach grass roots, but it can make it difficult for roots to grow at all thus causing dead spots on your lawn. One easy way to fix this is by aerating your lawn. The process is simple and involves cutting and removing plugs throughout your lawn’s surface. Though there are some DIY options to aerate soil, a professional who can remove plugs (instead of just poking them down) will have better results.
- Are your mower blades sharp enough? Dull blades can bruise and tear grass rather than cutting it. This can result in a weakened lawn that simply doesn’t have the strength to compete with weeds like crabgrass. If you’ve noticed a large influx in crab grass, then check your mower blades to make sure they aren’t contributing to the problem.
- When is the last time you seeded your lawn? There is safety in numbers, and your grass is no exception. If you’ve been noticing an invasion of crabgrass, then why not send in more troops to help fight it off? Just spread a significant amount of grass seed (we recommend using multiple strains so that your garden will thrive throughout the seasons) and water frequently. In time, your new grass will grow and help block out the sun from your crabgrass, giving it little hope for survival.
Don’t let invasive weeds like crabgrass keep you from enjoying your lawn. Instead, use them to help you decide the best lawn care regimen for your landscape. Because a beautiful lawn doesn’t just happen: it takes hard work, persistence, and a dedication to the simple things that make it grow.
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