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Life Cycle

As the soil temperature reaches 52 degrees in the spring, crabgrass seeds begin to grow. The seeds will grow fast between mid-spring and mid-summer. Seedlings that start as one small leaf in May, will be a plant the diameter of a basketball by mid August. These large unsightly plants will die from the first frost in the fall. Each crabgrass plant drops thousands of seeds when it dies. The following spring this life cycle will start all over again.

Lucky Lawn can stop this cycle. We can apply the most advanced technology in crabgrass control before the crabgrass starts to grow. Germinating crabgrass seeds will be controlled by a barrier of material on the soil surface that we apply before germination.

 

Effectiveness of Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control Can Be Helped

  1. Mowing or trimming at least 3" high. Excessive sunlight does breakdown crabgrass control barriers. Mow high to shade the barrier and extend its' life.
  2. Early May watering as needed. After the crabgrass control is applied. Dried out soils can crack and break the crabgrass barrier. Often times this happens along concrete. The concrete expands during hot weather, in turn cracking the dry soil surface.
  3. Applying a pre-emergent crabgrass conrol too late will have no effect on the crabgrass that has already started to grow.
  4. Do not dethatch or aerate the lawn in the spring after applying pre-emergant.

Post Emergent Crabgrass Control:

Lucky Lawn uses professional post emergent products that will control crabgrass after it has germinated. If the majority of your lawn is crabgrass, it may be best not to control it during the summer. Many times renovating the lawn in the fall is more practical.

It is best to wait 2-4 months after a pre-emergent application to reseed your lawn

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