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How to Stop Crabgrass from Taking Over Your Lawn


Man standing on grass; crabgrass control

Wheat’s Landscape understands just how frustrating a crabgrass infestation can be, and we are here to help! Our professional weed control services are a comprehensive program that alleviates a wide variety of weeds including broadleaf and crabgrass. Here are some great tips for in-between professional services on how you can to stop crabgrass from taking over your lawn.

What Is Crabgrass & Why Is It Bad?

Crabgrass is a common weed found in lawns throughout the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC areas. This summer annual is certainly a fighter and has incredible survival and reproductive capabilities. Crabgrass can infest your entire lawn during the hot summer months and with the first frost, will die off. In the months leading up to spring, the crabgrass will reseed itself, and new growth will begin with the arrival of spring. This unwanted invader will feed on the nutrients your lawn desperately needs for healthy growth and can leave your grass looking lackluster, riddled with brown spots, or worse – entirely dead.

Unfortunately, as many Virginia homeowners have discovered, it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of crabgrass. Home remedies and expensive box store regimes require in-depth knowledge of potential multi-application interactions (among other things) and a lot of work on your part.

Things to Consider

If you are considering trying to tackle your crabgrass infestation on your own—think again! Without the help of a professional, you may end up killing much more than just the crabgrass around your home. Pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides can negatively affect surrounding plants and trees, and in some cases, have a significant reaction with fertilizers and adversely affect subsequent seeding applications that are applied later in the season.

In addition, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts when it comes to what you can and can’t do for your lawn following these chemical applications like knowing how to treat new sod, if you should re-apply store bought crabgrass herbicide treatments, and when it may safe to aerate, seed, and fertilize your lawn again.

Of course, it’s important to also consider safety when considering the use of store-bought chemicals and herbicides when trying to get rid of the crabgrass in your lawn. This is especially true if you have small children or pets who will frequently come in contact with these chemically treated areas.

How to Stop Crabgrass from Taking Over Your Lawn

First, and foremost, having an exceptionally strong, healthy, and well-fertilized lawn will greatly reduce your potential for crabgrass. It’s also important to work with an experienced landscaping professional to ensure the precise techniques and appropriate applications are used on your lawn safely.

To stop crabgrass from taking over your Northern Virginia, Maryland, or DC lawn, be sure to call on the experts at Wheat’s Landscape! We can’t wait to visit your home and discuss ways we can help give your home the look it deserves with a lush, healthy landscape! For answers to all your crabgrass and other landscaping questions or if you would like to request your complimentary consultation, simply fill out our online form or call 703-641-4790 to speak with one of our friendly and professional landscaping experts today!

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