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Crabgrass Preventer...when? - Northern AL

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by 94SupraTT, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. 94SupraTT

    94SupraTT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    When is a good time to put this down? Last year I waited too long and had to fight weeds with a Post emergent. That wasn't fun. This year I'm going to try and limited the weeds beforehand.
  2. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    wait until this cold snap pass through next week and put it down soon after...i guess around thurs of next week is perfect.
  3. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Put it down right before the next good chance of rain that you have unless you want to water it in. It is always better to do it sooner rather than later. Pre-emerge is worthless if you wait too late.
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    Crabgrass control will not do much for broadleaf weeds. I am from Michigan.
    We try to get our crabgrass control down before the air temps hit 80 degrees.

    Put another way--try to get your pre-em down before average last spring frost for your city. Frost kills crabgrass. Start in advance so that you will have time to complete all jobs. If you have 3 weeks of work--start 3 weeks ahead of time.

    So, in Huntsville, you have to have your pre-emergent completed by about March 30.
    See the link.

    But local advice is better. Ask your fert dealer--ask more than one to be sure.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2009

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