Winter - Spring 2017
I haven't heard very many people complain
about the lack of snow and ice around Pittsburgh this past winter,
but the drastic change in the weather has sure created some
This is the first time, in all the
decades I've been paying attention, to see a Lilac blooming on
the last day of February:
And now, here we are in early-March with
Forsythia shrubs in full bloom!
So what does that mean to you when it comes
to controlling crabgrass?
The key to most crabgrass control is
to have pre-emergent herbicide in place as the seeds begin to
germinate, but not too early since controls can become less effective.
Crabgrass seeds begin to germinate
when soil reaches 40-degrees F. and it just so happens yellow
Forsythia flowers drop-off at that same time.
your 'Crabgrass Clock'
Fast forward a bit, and just to throw a wrench in
2017 pre-emergent timing, we woke up March 10th to an inch or more of snow
cover on trees, shrubs and lawns.
Our forecast calls for more
winter weather over coming days, so don't put your winter coat away!
Therefore, while it may not be time
to apply crabgrass control in western Pennsylvania just yet, it sure wouldn't hurt
to buy it and have it in storage ready to go!
More columns about crabgrass from
Sandy's Garden appear below.
Think Spring! (..whenever that