Here’s What You Need to Know about Crabgrass

Crabgrass is one of the most commonly misidentified weeds that appear in lawns. Just because there is a section of thicker grass that doesn’t match the rest of the lawn, doesn’t necessarily mean it is crabgrass. Often this is just grass of another variety, perhaps part of what was planted in your neighbor’s lawn or at a nearby park.25621935310_47ff3333ba_o

Real crabgrass begins to pop up when the soil temperature stays between 55 and 60 degrees for at least a week. Unlike other grasses, crabgrass grows close to the ground, more horizontally than most lawn grasses. Another way to tell regular grass from crabgrass is by its lighter, blue or green or yellow color.

When crabgrass grows in your lawn, it takes over all of the nutrients and water that the soil regularly intends for the grass to have. Just as weeds compete for nutrients in a garden, crabgrass does in your lawn.

In order to ensure that your lawn can grow strong and weed free, check out these 3 tips for preventing Crabgrass:

  1. Crabgrass doesn’t like to grow in shady areas, so keep your lawn taller by mowing at a higher setting. By mowing shorter, you allow the sun to reach the soil more easily, warming it up and making it an easy breeding ground for the crabgrass.

  2. Keep your lawn thick by seeding in, both, the spring and fall. Bare areas of your lawn are an invitation to crabgrass, so you should seed in the spring before it is warm enough for crabgrass to sprout and also in the fall after the crabgrass dies and there are thin areas of the lawn.

  3. Keep the areas of your lawn that tend to dry out from the sun watered often. Dry areas allows the grass to weaken and thin out, sending crabgrass an invitation to fill in.

If you notice your yard is struggling with crabgrass, contact Colwell Lawn & Landscaping. Matt Colwell and his team of certified arborists has been proudly serving the Carmel, Indiana area for over a decade, providing services, from lawn aeration to lawn fertilizing to yards just like yours. To learn more about these services and to see for yourself why Colwell Lawn & Landscaping is the perfect choice for you lawn, click here or call (317) 660-8794.

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3 Ways To Make Your Brown Yard Green Again

14268481033_2f14238c95_oFind yourself wondering if it will ever be possible to make your brown yard green again? The first step you must take toward saving your yard is diagnosing what is causing the problem to begin with. Is your grass brown due to drought? Insects? Improper mowing techniques? This article will help you determine which steps you should take in order to make your yard beautiful again.

Drought

Your grass needs at least one inch of water every week and without this water, it will go dormant. By watering your grass appropriately, you can both prevent the browning of your grass or simply treat it until it’s green again.

Weeds & Other Roots

Any plant with roots, such as trees or shrubs, are constantly fighting the grass that it grows around for nutrients and water. When the grass loses this battle, it begins to turn brown. This can be addressed through the use of a herbicide to prevent the spread of the weeds or mulching around trees and shrubs to avoid the battle for water entirely.

Chemicals

When chemicals that don’t belong in your grass, such as gasoline, are spilled, they can burn your lawn and cause discoloration. In addition, even the chemicals made to be used in your lawn can be hurtful to your grass in excessive amounts. Fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide overdose can be prevented through taking extra careful precautions, such as pouring chemicals in the driveway, rather than in your lawn. It is also important to follow all of the instructions, especially when it comes to the amount and the frequency of application.

Don’t have brown grass, but want to learn how to keep it that way? Follow these tips for keeping your grass green from HouseLogic.com

  • Aerate and add more seed to the existing grass in the fall, when weather has cooled and rain is likely.
  • Fertilize in spring and fall seasons, but don’t fertilize when your grass already is stressed or during drought.
  • Water your lawn early in the morning in order to combat fungal diseases. Watering deeply will help to nourish the roots.
  • During summer, raise the mowing height on your lawn mower to 3+ inches; the taller grass will shade roots and reduce water loss from evaporation.

If you notice your yard struggling to stay fresh and green, contact Colwell Lawn & Landscaping. Matt Colwell and his team of certified arborists has been proudly serving the Carmel, Indiana area for over a decade, providing services, from lawn aeration to lawn fertilizing to yards just like yours. To learn more about these services and to see for yourself why Colwell Lawn & Landscaping is the perfect choice for you lawn, click here or call (317) 660-8794.

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