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Why Crabgrass is Hurting your Houston Home's Resale Value

Posted by John Moore

May 15, 2012 8:00:00 AM

Crabgrass in Residential YardCurb appeal is important, especially in a buyer's market. While you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on exotic landscaping to attract potential buyers (and most people would actually be turned off if you did .. who wants to inherit that kind of upkeep?), you will be expected to have a well-kept lawn.

So, how does crabgrass fit into the equation? Crabgrass truly isn't bad for your lawn. It's just, well, grass. But the one major difference of note between crabgrass and Bermuda or St. Augustine, popular choices for Houston homeowners, is that crabgrass is an annual grass. What does this mean? This means your yard will look great in Spring and early Summer while the grass is alive and kicking. But come late Summer and Fall, you'll likely find patchy, brown spots in your yard where the crabgrass has died, only to be reborn from the seeds it spends the late Summer spreading when the following Spring hits.

Preventing crabgrass from overtaking your yard can be as simple as:

  • Not mowing your lawn too short (aim for 3.5-4 inches in height)
  • Re-seeding any damaged areas or brown patches you find in your yard (if you plant something else, you'll reduce the number of places crabgrass has to sprout!)
  • Not overwatering (aim for no more than twice a week to prevent all those little crabgrass seeds from sprouting in your soil)
  • Pulling out existing crabgrass by hand (if you only notice a few instances of crabgrass, this is an easy solution)
  • Using chemicals to kill existing crabgrass (an easier solution if your lawn is overrun with crabgrass)

Lawn care is not everyone's favorite household task, we know. But preventive measures and maintenance can make keeping a tidy yard much easier. And when you're ready to sell your home, you won't have to shell out tons of money to have new grass installed. More importantly, you won't have to lose out on potential buyers because of a sad-looking yard.

Are pests your yard's biggest problem? If your lawn is being ravaged by insects or pesky small animals, we can help. Schedule in-home service with our Houston pest control company today.

Topics: crabgrass, Lawn & Garden, lawn care, extermination, pest removal

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