The Current Crabgrass Situation


The small, lighter green colored leaf blades in the lower right side of the picture are crabgrass plants.

As we approach the end of June, looking forward to July, we have already had a taste of summer weather. (And if I do say so myself, it is nice.) With the summer weather we also start to get pests like mosquitoes, moths, weeds in our lawns, including crabgrass. However, in past years we have had crabgrass germinating at this point in the summer. So what is different? Why are we not seeing as much crabgrass growing?

The reason we are not seeing as much crabgrass germinating right now is because of the weather. The weather conditions have not been overly favorable to have the crabgrass germinate. Crabgrass does its best when the weather is hot and dry. We have had some hot and dry weather, but not much of it. We have been in a wet pattern over the past few weeks, and the temperatures have not been overly hot, just warm.

We are not out of the woods just yet. There is still plenty of summer weather to come. This is only the end of June. As July and August arrive, we could get a heat wave that would help to spring the crabgrass to life.

If we do start to get more favorable conditions to allow crabgrass to germinate, the best defense is to keep your lawn healthy. A healthy lawn has a better chance to resist any pest, including crabgrass.

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