We are seeing a lot of crabgrass out there this season. Each SeaScape customer who is on a regular program received two applications of pre-emergent crabgrass control, with some exceptions (i.e., if you started a program late; you’re on the Natural program; you seeded this spring). While that is more crabgrass control than most lawn care companies apply, the control met its match with the rain we had this spring. All of the wet weather broke down the weed control faster. This has resulted in more crabgrass growing later in the season than is typical in some lawns.
The good news is that most of this crabgrass will fade away as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler.
The bad news is that you may see more of this tenacious weed than you (and we) would like, especially along the edges where the soil gets nice and hot.
When lawns are heading into drought stress – like many are – crabgrass stands out even more because it is so bright green while the rest of your lawn is fading. This will reverse in the next few weeks.
Please remember: your lawn is made up of thousands of grass plants. All plants need water. Try your best to get 1 to 1.5 inches of water on your lawn each week. A longer drink a couple of times a week is better than short sips every day. Unfortunately, thunderstorms really don’t help.
In the meantime, your lawn techs will treat your lawn with TLC in the form of fertilizer and weed control and post-emergent crabgrass control where applicable. If you see something you don’t like, please give us a shout We’ll come out to take a look.