Thoughts and musings
Josh | July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Warm weather is something of a rarity in this part of the world and people want to take advantage of the opportunity whenever it presents itself. The same, however, goes for plants, and their biological chemistry does a better job at this. The best example of such opportunistic tactics is the infamous weed that plagues gardens across the country – crabgrass.
Crabgrass by itself is not that big a problem; in fact, some gardeners would even say that they have bigger landscaping concerns to think about. This may be true, but it does not detract from the fact that crabgrass has the invasive ability to quickly take over a garden if left without the proper monitors.
Many of the solutions gardeners employ to control their crabgrass problems include the use of chemical products, but such measures can easily harm a garden. A much better approach involves using the natural processes of crabgrass, and utilising that knowledge to make it weaker and easier to control.
Crabgrass begins to germinate at around 13 °C, growing throughout the summer and setting seeds during the fall. Most crabgrass blades die during the winter, but the seeds will ‘hibernate’ during this season to spring up the following year. It is during this springing up period when gardeners have the best chance of controlling crabgrass, as they will need to use more applications the bigger the leaves grow.
Identifying the areas with crabgrass seeds is the first step to curbing their progress in invading the garden. The best places to start are in areas of the garden where the grass is still rather thin or short; crabgrass springs up first,as they do not require as much warmth, making them stick out in a group.
After this is complete, ridding the garden of crabgrass only requires the application of eco-friendly pre-emergent solutions. Identifying the products that can do the job best without harming the rest of the garden’s ecosystem is a bit more complex. Fortunately, we have enough experience to take care of this part of the process on our own.
If you are looking at a crabgrass infestation in your garden, do not hesitate to contact us today. We will ensure that the only things that remain in your garden are the plants that you want to stay there.