If you’ve been keeping up with proper lawn maintenance this season, late summer can be a great time of year for your turf! Well-watered and trimmed lawns should show off a lush green landscape that makes all the hard work worth it. Unfortunately, even your grass can feel the late summer blues…
In our area, there are 2 all-too-common lawn pests that wait until late in the summer to rear their ugly heads. Doveweed and Crabgrass are two invasive weeds that can wreak havoc on your lawn if you don’t work to prevent them from taking over. Both pests are similar in that herbicides can only be so helpful in removing them from your lawn. This means that you’ll have to incorporate a tactical lawn strategy to get in front of these weeds.
Before we let you know how to defend your lawns from these summer bummers, let’s take a quick crash course on what exactly each weed is all about.
Crabgrass – a well-known presence in warm regions, crabgrass is very hard to get rid of once it begins to germinate. Crabgrass doesn’t survive in areas where it gets cold for the winter, but you’ll still notice its presence when you see large brown areas in your yard. Contrary to what big box stores will say, herbicides don’t do much to remove crabgrass. There are some treatments that work, but they end up killing your lawn in the process!
Doveweed – while delicately named, doveweed is an aggressive summertime weed. It’s tricky to spot this pest at first, as it grows in your grass slowly before it spreads seeds once you mow your lawn. They prefer wet areas, so you may end up finding these as a result of overwatering. Like crabgrass, treatments aren’t very effective against established doveweed plants.
So, we know that these weeds are common in our area, and we know that they’re hard to get rid of once you have them… How do you deal with these weeds then? For crabgrass and doveweed, a good defense is the only offense!
These weeds have a difficult time thriving in well-maintained lawns, so the first line of defense is steady, consistent mowing. A rule of thumb is to only remove 1/3 of your turfgrass’ leaves, so don’t cut too short! Proper mowing will lead to a thick healthy lawn that leaves no space for weeds to enter.
If you’ve fallen behind on your maintenance and you might be at risk, pre-treatments are capable defenders for your lawn. Herbicides, as we mentioned, can be dangerous for the health of your lawn. Therefore, you may want to work with a lawn care professional before taking on this process yourself.
At Trad’s Pest Control, we aim to be a source for knowledge and service for all your lawn pest needs!
To really get ahead of the game for your lawn, we recommend that you take advantage of our new service: Preferred Lawn + Quarterly Pest Control. Sign up for this new service today and get $50 off! It’s only $78 per month (starting) for treatment of crabgrass, sedge, weeds, chinch bugs, sodworms, army worms, mole crickets, fertilization, fungus PLUS roaches, fire ants, carpenter ants, household ants, rats, mice, silverfish, earwigs and other household pests. Contact us today!