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Crabgrass Management

Crabgrass Management

Overview

Crabgrass Management is achieved in partnership with you, over several seasons to reduce this ugly, aggressive and invasive weed grass that occupies an otherwise beautiful lawn.  Crabgrass seeds can blow in from neighbouring yards or fields and remain dormant for many years.
They wait patiently until your lawn has a moment of weakness (examples: drought, heat stress, or the time you mowed too short!).  Only when these seeds receive the right amount of sun, moisture and contact with soil, then they will germinate and fight for space.  They are annual plants that propagate themselves by releasing hundreds to many thousands of seeds each year from each individual crabgrass plant, as they die off each fall.

Who needs it?

  • Customers will recognize crabgrass in their lawn by its distinctive low growing habit, wide leaf blades and seed tillers.  Often people will confuse it with Tall Fescue or Quack Grass
  • Turns purple in the fall.
  • Usually located near curbs and driveways as the seeds blow in from neighbouring properties.
  • Normally occurs in older more established neighbourhoods and lawns

    Crabgrass weed along driveway curb

    Crabgrass along driveway

How often?

  • There are 2 ways to attack crabgrass:
  • Crabgrass treatments are classified as “Pre-emergent” with corn gluten and “Post-emergent” by hand pulling.
  • Pre-emergent can only be done in the spring before the seeds germinate.
  • Treatments normally need to be made for several years to provide any measure of reduction for this persistent grassy weed. It can not be eliminated and is not guaranteed.
  • A healthy, thick lawn mowed at the correct height, and regular deep watering to prevent stress is the best defense against crabgrass.

Benefits

  • Crabgrass is invasive and will spread through a lawn, eventually crowding out desirable grasses.  Treat as soon as you can by hand-pulling.
  • LawnSavers can help reduce crabgrass in your lawn over the years and work with you to reduce its re-occurrence through proper lawn management.

Process

  • Our spring treatment targets the entire lawn and not just the specific areas that crabgrass is growing and/or tends to grow.
  • Spring Pre-emergent Corn Gluten treatment in the spring helps to reduce seeds from germinating in the first place by creating a protective barrier on the soil that reduces seed germination.  (up to 40% less germination over 2-3 years)
  • You must not rake or disturb the soil after application. (over-seeding is not recommended until fall)
  • Post-emergent treatment involves your partnership in pulling plants before they go to seed, and mowing with a bag attachment to reduce spread of the seed.

Price

Starting at:

  • $97.70 +tax for up to 1000 sq.ft. of lawn area
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  • Coping with Covid Update: (updated 11/05/20)

    Hi Everyone, 

    I’m happy to share some good news during these crazy times. LawnSavers managed to persevere through this crazy pandemic season with the loyal partnership of our clients.

    We were able to service lawns and perform pest control services in all our service areas,  officially on the Provincial list of essential services due to our ability to provide service safely and with no personal contact!

    We will all be happy to put 2020 behind us.  Together with our customers, we faced Covid-19 head-on as a community-minded local small family business and are extremely grateful to be able to survive and keep all of our loyal employees working hard with us through it all.

    In addition, 2020 through everything bad it could at us.

    • Nine days of snow, ice and wintry weather in May.
    • One of the hottest driest summers on record with long spells of grass-killing heat and drought. Read more here in our 2020 summary blog.
    • A bumper crop of crabgrass that germinated in the perfect (rainless) storm.
    • Chinch Bug numbers were record breaking and persisted through the dry heat they love, secretly killing lawns while dormant! We can help with Chinch bug damage
    • We put together an easy to read lawn care service timeline that you can use to know when to expect us for each scheduled service in your package. 

    I want to reassure you that in every decision we make around COVID-19, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our employees and customers.  Safety, Integrity and honesty are our most important core values.  We will continue to follow strict safety guidelines that ensure “zero touch”.  We will not let our guard down on exercising our safety protocols!

    Our office remains open in addition to some remote staff.   Please note our office may be experiencing a higher volume of calls.  We know how much everyone hates being left on hold, so please leave us a message or email us at greatservice@lawnsavers.com and we will get back to you in less than 24 hours.  (texting coming soon)
    Please be patient with us, we will get back to you as fast as possible.
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    Thank you all for your understanding and patience during these challenging times. Our team works hard, so if you are met with our exceptional service from our technicians or office team members- please give them a thumbs up to make them smile or let me know through a quick email to feedback@lawnsavers.com

    We thank you for supporting our local, family-owned business of 30 years.
    We
     genuinely appreciate each and every one of you and promise that we will do our part to ensure our mutual safety and look forward to be back on your lawn as soon as possible again in 2021.

    Thank you in advance,
    Kyle Tobin
    Chief Environmental Officer