Having a lush, green lawn in Kingsport adds “curb appeal” to your home and enhances property value. Homeowners work pretty hard to achieve a great-looking lawn. They spread fertilizer in the fall and sprinkle grass seed looking to maintain that thick and healthy turf. However, if your lawn maintenance routine does not involve the application of a pre-emergent herbicide, your beautiful lawn could be overrun by crabgrass. Your Kingsport lawn experts at Promier Landscapes do not want to see this happen. Follow this guide on crabgrass and ways to remove crabgrass to keep your grass looking its best.
Get the 4-1-1 on crabgrass
Crabgrass is the common name for a coarse, clumpy weed that has the appearance of yellow or green grass blades. This weed is unsightly, and also has a negative impact on the health of your lawn. Crabgrass is invasive; it takes over a lawn, stealing nutrients away from your healthy grass and hindering the ability of your turf to grow.
Tennessee is a temperate climate, meaning that crabgrass will die on its own in the fall when the weather starts to change and temperatures drop. The weed will be eradicated completely by wintertime, and if you apply a pre-emergent herbicide next spring, crabgrass will be gone for good.
If you do not want to wait until the change of seasons to get rid of your crabgrass, follow this guide to remove it.
First, pull up the crabgrass—making sure to also get the roots. Water the lawn to loosen the soil if this proves to be difficult. Seed the lawn, filling any bare areas—unless you recently applied a weed killer to your lawn, in which case you should wait at least a month before seeding.
From there, your lawn maintenance plan should include watering deeply at least once or twice per week. Each time you mow, aim to keep the grass approximately three inches tall, leaving the grass clippings on your lawn to add more nutrients to the soil while also shading the recently seeded areas. Follow up in the spring by applying a pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn when your flowers and trees begin to bloom.
Get rid of crabgrass in Johnson City
You always can use a post-emergent herbicide to kill crabgrass right away. However, this only should be considered if crabgrass is taking over your entire lawn. You also may not be able to, legally, do this yourself. Some states restrict post-emergent herbicide use only to licensed professionals. You should check your local and state regulations before taking this measure. No matter what the law is where you live, Promier Landscapes strongly recommends consulting a professional landscaper in Johnson City before applying a post-emergent herbicide. These solutions are powerful and can harm your grass and plants if they are applied incorrectly, and certain post-emergent herbicides are made to interact with specific types of turf. These herbicides also must be applied at the right time, especially if crabgrass expands to more than a shoot or two.
No matter what might be threatening the health and appearance of your lawn, the professionals at Promier Landscapes can help. Whether it’s crabgrass, a disease or some type of pest, our team of landscapers boasts a wealth of experience addressing all types of problems that affect lawns in East Tennessee. Call us at (423) 246-7977 to learn more about our services or have one of our experienced landscapers come to your home to provide a consultation.
Promier Landscapes is proud to offer top-quality services to clients in the areas of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol in Tennessee.