Crabgrass Pre-Emergent: Early Spring is the Best Time

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Crabgrass Pre-Emergent: Early Spring is the Best Time

For a Lush Summer Lawn, Paramount Prepares Now

Your lawn is harboring crabgrass seeds right now. It doesn’t matter if your lawn is perfect, and all of your neighbors have perfect lawns. Each individual crabgrass plant produces up to 150,000 seeds, and those seeds spread. Fortunately, the seeds can be prevented from germinating by applying a crabgrass pre-emergent in the early spring.

Paramount Lawn + Landscape is already out and about in Cincinnati lawns, starting our Early Spring Rounds. Along with the all-important crabgrass pre-emergent, we’re supplying fertilizer to nourish roots and promote healthy turf growth. Our 6-Step Lawn Fertilization Program is the comprehensive care your lawn needs to thrive.

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Crabgrass Pre-Emergent Times Two

At Paramount, our Lawn Fertilization Program includes crabgrass pre-emergent in both our early spring and late spring rounds, because crabgrass seeds don’t all germinate at once. They’re like tiny ticking time bombs in your turf (try saying that five times fast).

However, crabgrass preventer is only effective in the spring. By summer, all the seeds will have germinated, which means you can’t prevent the infestation any longer. Fall is also the wrong time, because the crabgrass pre-emergent will have worn off long before the next spring’s growth season.

Crabgrass Pre-Emergent: Early Spring is the Best Time

What Happens if You Skip Crabgrass Pre-Emergent?

Once the soil temperature reaches about 55 degrees F, crabgrass seeds start to germinate. They sprout at different times, depending on how deeply they’re in the soil, how much moisture is in the ground and how hot it is.

The plants spread rapidly and overtake any grass in their path. It’s an annual, which means each plant dies over the winter. Then, you’re left with dead, brown weeds and bare patches of dirt. It’s all very unsightly.

Plus, each crabgrass plant that reaches maturity is launching about 150,000 seeds into your general area. Left untreated, crabgrass can kill an entire lawn and take over in just a few seasons.

Want to Know More about Crabgrass Pre-Emergent?

We’ve shared information about crabgrass pre-emergent in previous seasons:

“The best way to treat and eliminate Crabgrass is to use Pre-Emergent herbicides. A product like this can be found in liquid or granular form. This herbicide will create a barrier over and around the affected area, which will prevent seeds from sprouting. Timing is incredibly important when using a Pre-Emergent and it will require knowledge of the process of germination.”

If you’re really into learning more about crabgrass, check out this video from Lawns Across America.

At Paramount, we’re lawn nerds, so a nearly-15-minute video on crabgrass is right up our alley. But if you’re heard more about crabgrass than you ever wanted to know, why don’t you let our experts handle your lawn care?

Give us a call at (513) 984-5200, contact us, or get an instant quote.

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