HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The time to control crabgrass in your lawn is here.
Because of the potential of these weed seeds to germinate, applications of crabgrass controls should be done before April 15th in our area. Even if you are a day late and a dollar short in managing crabgrass, your next weed control duties are just about to begin. Broadleaf weeds are probably more of a concern to home owners than crabgrass. As it is with crabgrass, there is the best time to control broadleaf weeds and you have a little more flexibility with these weeds than crabgrass. The reasoning is that there are two best times to control broadleaf weeds, early May and then again around the first two weeks of September. The reasoning here is that the broadleaf weeds need to be actively growing and they are at these two times.
Remember that seeding grass should be separated from your attempt to kill weeds because the broadleaf weed chemical will prevent and injure the new grass seedlings. With this in mind you can plant grass in the spring and control broadleaf weeds in the fall or just the opposite, control broadleaf weeds in the spring and plant grass in the fall.
I have to say this and that is the best way to control weeds in your lawn and avoid the use of chemical pesticides is to have a dark green, dense, healthy stand of grass. This in itself will choke out any weeds that may want to poke their ugly heads out of your lawn.