Crabgrass Control

What is Crabgrass?

Crabgrass is an herbaceous annual plant. Annuals are plants that begin as seed and die in the same given year. In the spring crabgrass germinates when soil temperatures (not air temperatures) reach 56 degrees for a consecutive (3) three days in a row. 

This plant will mature to a full plant, which will reproduce seeds for the following year. The plant browns and dies off in the fall when cool weather approaches. Each plant is known to produce over 150,000 seeds. 

It is very common to get crabgrass along walkways, driveways, and hot spots such as sandy soils or bare exposed soil where soil temperatures increase quickly. Also, slow growing turf from poor cultural practices such as inadequate watering and low mowing will allow crabgrass and many other weeds to germinate.

Controlling Crabgrass

Usually by the first week of May in central Massachusetts, crabgrass has begun to germinate. Each passing day beyond germination pushes it a little further beyond our control. 

Late applications will give you limited control. In this situation, you must expect crabgrass during this season. In the coming year we will control around 85% of the crabgrass and each year after it will increasingly get better. 

If service is performed before May 1st, FHS will continue our efforts and spot spray with a post emergent herbicide to reduce the number of plants. Post emergent control can take over 14 days before seeing results.

"It’s been a great year for the lawns. We never would have believed it! Good Job!"

-J. Heald

"Another fine service call! Our lawn serviceman is a real asset to your company!"

-M & L Ohs

"Our technician has been exceptional with his service. We couldn’t be more happy."

-Beaumont Rehab

The best service starts here.

We’re the most trusted pest control and lawn care company in Central Massachusetts. But don’t take our word for it. Read real reviews from happy customers. Then call us and join our growing list of residents, families, and businesses who depend on Ford’s Hometown Services to protect what matters most.

When shopping for a program "Apples to Apples", our program stands apart from anyone else with the highest value. If you don't believe us, see our reviews!

Buzzwords

Hydretain helps your lawn and your wallet

Hydretain helps your lawn and your wallet

Hydretain: This safe organic application applied prior to drought will reduce the amount of water needed to properly support the plants growth. This is not a wetting agent. It is an organic humectant that pulls moisture to the root hair and  becomes stored  until...

read more
Drought Stress Relief

Drought Stress Relief

  Drought Stress Drought is the point where lack of rainfall causes changes in the way a turfgrass plant grows. The lawn dries out from the surface down. The first sign of drought stress is a grayish-purple appearance and a foot printing effect. When you step on...

read more

Call (800) 649-9992 today or request a free quote online!

Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals
National Association of Landscape Professionals
National Pest Management Association
BBB Logo

Recent Blog

Shoo Fly

What is with the small flies flying around the house in the winter? Most often these flies are...

Time to Decorate for the Holiday’s

Many of us are getting ready to decorate the house for the holidays. If you store your decorations...

What is IPM?

  Pest Control has changed over the years but one of the most environmentally responsible...

Preventing the Insect Invasion

As the cooler weather is upon us there are a few housekeeping chores you may not have considered....

You Stink- Stink Bugs!

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are on the move this time of the year. The fluctuating temperatures...

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
(changes seasonally)

Ford's Hometown Services

549 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605
(800) 649-9992

Contact Us
Privacy Policy

Angie's List

Ford’s Hometown Services…The Best in Pest Control and Lawn Care for Over 79 Years.

Based in Worcester, Ford's Hometown Services proudly Services Central Mass
© Ford's Hometown Services   —   Website Designed and Developed by inConcert Web Solutions   —   Site Map