March 03, 2010

Save Time and Money Controlling Crabgrass

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Crabgrass is one of the most common lawn weeds and it causes the most headaches for homeowners.

“Crabgrass can turn a lush, green lawn into a neighborhood eyesore,” says Lance Walheim, Bayer Advanced™ Lawn Care Expert and co-author of Lawn Care for Dummies. “This weed is on a mission to make your lawn look ugly. Just one crabgrass weed can produce more than 150,000 seeds that can spread.”

Full, hot sun makes crabgrass thrive. It chokes out the good grass and forms large depressions in your lawn. When left uncontrolled, clumps of crabgrass can grow together into larger clumps that are even harder to control.

“You can’t expect a 100-percent weed-free lawn,” Walheim adds. “But you can have the best lawn in your neighborhood without spending a lot of time or money.”

Money- and Time-saving tips to control crabgrass and other weeds:

  • Preventive measures: Set your mower’s wheel height based on the type of grass you have. That will encourage a lush, thick lawn that is more resistant to crabgrass. Water deeply (6-8 inches) when your lawn looks thirsty, or based on local water department recommendations. Fertilize based on the type of grass you have so that the good turf chokes out the bad weeds.
  • Multitask: Save time by keeping an eye out for crabgrass while you mow your yard. If you find a few, young plants, they’re easily pulled by hand.
  • Save money while treating for all weeds: Many weed killers only kill one type of weed – either grassy or broadleaf. Instead of spending money on two products, Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed & Crabgrass Killer Ready-To-Spray is an economical solution for treating both types of problem weeds. It kills over 200 types of common broadleaf weeds like dandelions and clover plus grassy weeds like crabgrass in one application. It features an easy-to-use water-saving applicator. Just hook to your garden hose and spray. Always read and follow all label directions.
  • Share your knowledge to benefit your neighborhood: Weeds can spread from your neighbor’s yard to your lawn. Be sure to share the secrets of your success with your neighbors. If everyone’s lawn looks great, that helps increase the curb appeal of your neighborhood and helps your home value. That helps put even more money in your pocket.

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