Crab grass and professional care?


I had sod put down professionally almost 2 years ago (thanksgiving timeframe) in the backyard. It was basically dormant. Last year when it started greening up I realized it was mostly junk and lots of crab grass. A year ago in June I started with a professional lawn care person to try to fix it. He said it would take a couple of years. Well I have so much crabgrass still and it just looks to be growing. He was here a week ago to spray and it hasn’t touched the crabgrass. Just looks to be spreading. Should I continue with the lawn guy and have patience or take it on myself? So frustrating to have spent so much money when I could have had weeds for free 😡

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  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Jul 23, 2020

    I'm not sure if this will help, but this article has some suggestions:

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jul 23, 2020

    Normally they can help you, but looks like its time do it yourself, if its been a year. Try this video

  • Em Em on Jul 23, 2020

    I would have made the first one come back before I ever hired the second one. Most reputable ones give you a time frame for some type of guarantee. If the second one is the same, make them come back at take care of it.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 23, 2020

    It sounds like you have a bad lawn guy. Your options are to try someone else or to fire him and take it on yourself. Good quality Scott's brand Weed & Feed should take care of it for you!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 23, 2020

    Hello. It sounds like your lawn was not treated properly. It could be that the chemical is not applied properly in the correct amount or it was not watered in. Weed management needs to be timed specific to growing season and applied correctly.

    Here are some general recommendations It might help to identify where your pre-emergent lawn application went bad.

    • Avoid using weed and feed products.
    • There are products on the market without nitrogen fertilizer. Look for them in farm supply stores or independent hardware stores.
    • Weed and feeds are not recommended because they are applied in spring (we recommend that most lawn fertilizer be applied in fall) and can contribute to overfertilizing your lawn.
    • Apply prior to seed germination. For crabgrass
    • this begins when soil temperatures are above 55° to 60°F for 7 to10 days (during and shortly after, forsythia bloom is a rough, but not consistently reliable, guide for application timing).
    • Water after application, according to label.
    • A second application may be possible. Best
    • for season-long control. Refer to the product label.
    • Consult label for specific waiting period between
    • application and overseeding.
    • Only siduron (Tupersan) is labeled for application
    • on newly seeded turf.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 23, 2020

    Get opinions from other lawn care companies.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 23, 2020

    I suggest you contact your County Extension Agent's Office and discuss the problem. They may have some expert advice to help you and will know what is best to do for the speciic area in which you live. They are listed in the "government" area of your phone book.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 23, 2020

    I feel your frustration- we have fescue and we hired a lawn service and had more weeds when they came out then before so after using a couple different companies we did it ourselves. Here is some info to help you out

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 23, 2020

    There is an excellent series on You Tube re: dealing with post emergent crabgrass, using a professional product now available to homeowners, called Tenacity. Follow the directions to the letter. You'll appreciate the results and may never use a lawn service, again.

    In future years, the key to killing crabgrass is applying a pre-emergent in March( yard temps between 40 and 45 degrees), in many northern states. The problem is, many areas have rainy weather at that time, and your yard can become very soft.

    Tenacity works well as a post emergent.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jul 24, 2020

    Have you tried any of the over the counter lawncare products for crabgrass? You can check out the products on Amazon and read the customer reviews to see how well they worked.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 27, 2020

    You need to spray or put down stuff for the weeds