Pre-Emergent Crabgrass Control Stops Crabgrass Before it Starts

In Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, and other surrounding communities, spring is the time to make one of the most important lawn care applications of the year, pre-emergent crabgrass control. Crabgrass is a nasty aggressive wild grass that is almost impossible to stop once it germinates. This pre-emergent application is combined with a spring fertilizer to help your lawn come out of dormancy, start to grow and green up!

The pre-emergent crabgrass control creates a barrier within the top inch of the soil, this barrier prevents crabgrass seeds from germinating.

Crabgrass seeds germinate in the late spring and summer, so it is important that this barrier is not broken.

Dealing With Other Wild Grasses

Keep in mind! In New Jersey, crabgrass does NOT grow in the spring, it is only a summertime problem. Therefore, if you see wild grass growing on your lawn in the spring, it is some other type of wild grass. Pre-emergent crabgrass or post-emergent weed killers will not control them. During the spring, there are many wild grasses that emerge and most of them peter out by the summer. If you have an ongoing problem in the spring with wild grass, we can get it professionally identified. Then, we can determine if there is any specialty product that will control it. Wild grasses get into a lawn from birds, hay, low-quality soil, or seed.

Don’t Aerate, Rake, Dethatch, or Seed After Pre-Emergent Applications

Aeration, Raking, Dethatching, and Seeding cannot be combined with this application. If you must seed, only spot seed in the spring, and then do a complete overseeding in the early fall. Early fall is the best time to aerate, dethatch and seed a lawn. In order to succeed with spring spot seeding, you must rake out the damaged spots. Raking will break the pre-emergent barrier, allowing you to then spread a light layer of topsoil and seed.

Other Tips to Prevent Crabgrass

Other tips for a crabgrass-free healthy lawn would include mowing the lawn as high as possible and if you have an irrigation system, do not start watering before it’s really needed since overwatering will break down the pre-emergent barrier.

We’re Applying Pre-Emergents Now!

Here is some good news! Today's technology has changed the timing of applying this important pre-emergent application. There is no need to stress about getting this application down when the forsythia blooms or to when the air or soil temperature is just right. The lawn care specialists at 1.888.Lawntec has this trick mastered by using the best product and application techniques, many of our competitors do not. So, give us a call at (888) 529-6832 and experience the 1.888Lawntec difference if you’re located in the Berkeley Heights, NJ area!

Written By: Bryan Monty
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