Crabgrass Preventer: With Paramount, It’s Not Too Late
Love Your Lawn this Year
For most lawn fertilization companies, crabgrass preventer is applied to lawns in only the first round. Early Spring applications are wrapping up now, so it’s unlikely Cincinnati homeowners would be able to sign up for crabgrass control with them.
At Paramount Lawn + Landscape, we include crabgrass preventer in both our Early Spring and Late Spring rounds. If you’re concerned about crabgrass in your lawn, it’s not too late to take action. For new customers signing up mid-season, we pro-rate your price for the first year. You only pay for the lawn fertilization rounds you receive.
Crabgrass Preventer: Why Do it in the Spring?
Our lawn fertilizer schedule includes six rounds, from early spring through late fall. We focus on crabgrass preventer in the spring because that’s when the dormant seeds in your landscape will start germinating. Mike Klahr of the Cincinnati Enquirer explains:
“Although fall is a good time to treat broad-leaved weeds with herbicide, it doesn’t do any good to apply crabgrass preventer in the fall, because crabgrass is a summer annual that germinates in the early spring, not in the fall. The plant dies when winter’s freezing temperatures arrive. You must apply crabgrass preventer (“pre-emergence herbicide”) before the crabgrass seeds start to sprout and grow.”
If you don’t catch crabgrass as it germinates, it’s an ordeal to deal with it later. Early spring is the best time, before germination has started. But late spring is better than never, because not all the plants will have germinated.
The Paramount Team are Crabgrass Preventer Experts
Although crabgrass is an annual that dies off in the winter, these plants can produce thousands of seeds to take over your lawn by the following summer. The Ohio State University explains some of the more complex detail that goes into Paramount’s crabgrass preventer applications for the Cincinnati area:
“Smooth crabgrass emergence begins slowly when soil temperatures in the upper inch of soil reaches 54F for seven days and moisture is available…. Peak crabgrass emergence is from mid-May to July 1st. Crabgrass preventer must be applied before plants emerge, otherwise it will not be effective.”
Fortunately, our customers don’t need to be crabgrass experts, but we love this stuff.
Crabgrass Preventer in the Spring Makes Your Summer More Beautiful
If crabgrass is allowed to take hold, it can destroy your turf. It will spread rapidly and out-compete for space, especially along sidewalks and driveways. As it grows, it kills off grass, and you’ll see bare patches in your lawn when it dies.
For lovers of lush lawns like us, it’s a horror story. And so easy to avoid! Crabgrass preventer in the spring will help your lawn thrive through the summer.
Take a Look at the Damage Caused by Crabgrass
Here are three pictures showing how unsightly and damaging crabgrass can be. They highlight why crabgrass preventer is so important.
Here’s crabgrass becoming established in a lawn and spreading:
Here’s the damage crabgrass has done to what’s left of this lawn:
And here’s an example of crabgrass spreading out of the lawn area and damaging a patio:
Learn more about Cincinnati lawn care on our Lawn Fertilization Resources page. Paramount can help you have the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood. Click here for an online quote.