Tackling Troublesome Weeds with Crew® Specialty Herbicide

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Crabgrass in turf

Weeds can be problematic because they can reproduce rapidly. Some seeds can stay dormant but viable in the soil for years — and just when you think you have the weed problem controlled, those seeds can reinfest the turf and landscape.   

Weeds like clover and dandelion also reproduce by their vegetative structures. This makes them hard to control, requiring multiple measures to knock down the current weed population as well as prevent new populations.  

Most important, weeds are troublesome because they can tolerate various growing conditions. They can survive and infest areas where turf and landscape plantings cannot, making them opportunistic plants. 

Crabgrass tops the list

Depending on your location, there’s a wide range of weed species — both annual and perennial — that are problematic in the spring. According to the Weed Science Society of America and the most recent top weed survey, the most common weeds across the United States for respondents is crabgrass, including large, smooth and southern crabgrass. It holds the first spot for the most common weed and second place for the most troublesome weed. Since crabgrass is a summer annual weed, it will start popping up in the spring and, depending on location, can germinate at different times.  

Although crabgrass has been thoroughly researched, it’s still identified as one of the most common and troublesome weeds today. Other troublesome weeds that pop up in the spring are dandelion and clover. These are perennial species that overwinter vegetatively and become more noticeable in the spring. They also can spread and reproduce by seed. 

Gain control with a proactive approach

As a lawn care operator (LCO), you should start to think about tackling these weeds by creating a proactive approach that starts with knowing your most problematic weeds and determining the best control measures that will fit your program. There are multiple options to control the same weeds, but it’s important that you choose the right option to create the most flexibility while being effective for the program you are running. It goes beyond choosing an herbicide; you also must consider labor, time, equipment, application timing, etc. 

Preemergence herbicides save you time during the spring because they can prevent weed emergence when applied correctly over a period of time. They keep working even if you are not on the property, adding another level of continued weed control and continued investment.

Crew® specialty herbicide has the flexibility to control weeds in situations that are out of the control of LCOs. Crew specialty herbicide is versatile in use sites and weather conditions, and it doesn’t have to be watered in for 21 days! The benefits of using Crew specialty herbicide include:   

  • Long-lasting, broad-range preventive weed control for both cool- and warm-season turfgrasses as well as over 410 ornamental species 
  • Easy application using multiple equipment devices 
  • No special precautions or personal protective equipment needed due to the low odor and ultra-low dust. 
  • Most important, Crew specialty herbicide gives LCOs flexibility to do more with their time by reducing callbacks for lack of weed control or staining, reducing training time for applicators and reducing inventory management. 

Learn more about Crew specialty herbicide.

Crew® is not registered for sale, distribution or use in New York. Other state restrictions on the sale and use of Crew may apply. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. 


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