Crabgrass? Nip It in the Bud
Cinco De Mayo is the day when Mexico celebrates defeating the French in the battle of Puebla. Today you’ll learn it’s also a good day to wage war on crabgrass on your home turf!
Here’s why: as warm weather moves up from the south, soil temperatures begin to rise. When they reach about 60 degrees, weeds and crabgrass begin to germinate. An easy way to gauge soil temperature is watching to see when plants and shrubs start to bloom. Some good ones to watch for are forsythia, viburnum, and blooming lilac.
Also note trees that are starting to bud; it signals correct soil temperature for crabgrass, which means it’s time to wage war. Use a specially formulated “pre-emergent” herbicide designed to defeat crabgrass before it starts. So if you see blooms and buds starting to appear, put on your sombrero, grab your spreader and your “pre-emergent” herbicide, and get ready to defend your home turf. Crabgrass? Nip it in the bud!