Spring is right around the corner, and you’re probably itching to get outside. However, signs of crabgrass and weeds in your lawn can quickly turn your outdoor fun into an outdoor chore. Crabgrass can spread quickly, but it can only do so when the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees for a consistent period of time. That’s why it’s important to have your lawn treated early in the spring for this grassy invader. Here are some facts about lawn care and early spring crabgrass prevention from your trusted lawn professionals at ArborLawn.

3 Facts About Early Spring Crabgrass Prevention

1. Early Application Won’t Work

Our expert lawn care and crabgrass prevention starts in early spring, but only when the conditions are right. Many homeowners assume the earlier they apply preventatives, the better off their lawns will be, but that’s not the case. If a crabgrass preventative is applied too early, you won’t get control throughout the summer and fall. That’s why we wait for more consistent soil temperatures, which is often right around the time flowers and trees start to bud.

2. Crabgrass Germinates in May

Here in Michigan, crabgrass doesn’t usually germinate until early May. That means you have from mid-March to mid-April to apply your pre-emergent treatments. Planning to begin your lawn care within this window guarantees that you’ll have weed and crabgrass control for the entire year. When it comes to pre-emergent application, one should time it right before a spring rainstorm so that the water pushes the prevention into the soil, killing off any crabgrass before it can sprout.

3. Keep Your Lawn Watered

Watering your lawn effectively not only keeps your blades lush and green, but it can also keep weeds at bay, including crabgrass. Crabgrass thrives when your lawn is sparse, but keeping the soil moist and locked full of nutrients can promote grass growth. Depending on the heat and the weather, your lawn needs about 1 1/2-inches of water every week. Many homeowners turn to irrigation systems, but you can also keep up with watering with standard mobile sprinklers. 

Let’s Control Those Weeds

Taking care of your lawn and keeping it green from spring to fall is a chore. That’s why many residents around Lansing, MI, rely on the expert team from ArborLawn. Our premier, full lawn care program includes early spring pre-emergent applications, spring and summer fertilization, and yearly spot weed control. We use only the best in all-natural fertilizers and solutions, so you can rest easy knowing that your lawn care is safe and effective. We also offer aeration, mole control, and grub control. Give us a call today at (517) 882-1941.