Centipedegrass is a popular choice for lawns due to its easy upkeep and durability in less than ideal soils. However, like many other grasses, it requires proper pre-emergent treatment to prevent the overgrowth of invasive weeds like crabgrass.
About Pre-emergent Treatment
Timely application of pre-emergent for winter grasses will keep your landscaping healthy during the later parts of the year. Southern locations, such as Georgia, are susceptible to crabgrass as early as January or February. This is due to the overall warm climate and rain in the fall and winter. Pre-emergent application for winter should be performed in the fall, as such treatments are long lasting and meant to prevent weeds before they occur.
Pre-emergent Treatment Application
Such preventative treatment can be performed in several different ways. Many treatments are grainy, and depending on the size of your yard area, can be applied by hand, a manual spreader, a push spreader or a broadcast spreader. Liquid pre-emergents are another option and can be applied via a sprayer or as an attachment to a garden hose. Pre-emergents concentrated as a single pound of granular treatment can protect an area ranging from 200 to 500 square feet. Which application method is best for your lawn, depends on the size and scope of the application area.
In many cases, you may lack the time or direct experience to apply proper pre-emergent yard treatment (this is especially true in cases of large yards or professional property). In such cases professional assistance assures your yard is correctly treated, the correct treatment steps are followed, and that your yard is protected for the coming winter.