Alex’s Lawn and Turf Blog

Lawn care tips from the experts

Crabgrass vs Quackgrass

July 27th, 2011

Crabgrass and Quackgrass – what are they? What is the difference between them? What do they look like? How can we treat them? These are all questions we have been recently receiving and I would like to answer for you today!

What exactly is crabgrass? Crabgrass is an annual grassy weed. It is broader than typical grass and has a rougher texture. It spreads out in clumps and can be easy to spot as it usually grows faster than normal grass and has a lighter color.  Crabgrass germinates in the spring and develops during the spring. These plants are easy to pull out, but once you pull them out they leave behind seeds.

That leads us to what is quackgrass? Quackgrass is a perennial with a very tough root system. If you can easily pull out a clump, it is probably crabgrass. Once this plant is established, even if you pull it out the tough root system will remain. It has long and tapered blades. Quackgrass grows more upright than crabgrass.

Neither crabgrass nor quackgrass will get disappear on their own. We have a chemical that we spot spray on these weeds to kill the plant. Even if the plant is killed there is still a chance that next year you may need to have crabgrass or quackgrass that needs to be sprayed again. If you ignore the problem, quackgrass and crabgrass have the potential to spread and can even take over your lawn.

Call the office at 651-247-1444 with any questions or if you think you may have crabgrass or quackgrass and would like it to be taken care of. Even healthly lawn can get these grassy weeds and the sooner we can address the problem the better.

Enough sitting inside on your computer – time to get outside and enjoy your beautiful lawn before the summer slips away!

Hot Weather Lawn Care Tips!

July 22nd, 2011

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”  ~Russel Baker

With this recent extremely hot weather we have been suffering and so has your grass. It is important to take extra care of your lawn during hot weather like we are currently facing. I have provided some summer lawn care tips below that will help your lawn look great, even when it is suffering.

·         Heat and stressed summer grass will recover if it is properly maintained

·         While water is necessary be careful not to over water as it will create a shallow root system

·         The best time for watering is early in the morning

·         Leaving grass clippings on the lawn helps provide nutrients when these break down

·         Keep your eyes out for any diseases – if you see anything give us a call

·         Proper lawn mowing and fertilization are the best ways to have a healthy lawn

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