One component of home staging is cultivating curb appeal. Fresh paint, a bright front door, pots of color and green are especially showcased by a neat, trim and hopefully green lawn. That can be a bit of a chore when there hasn’t been but a drop of rain in…forever. It seems that hot and dry conditions are just right for the proliferation of crab grass, that indestructible, green, crabby little weed that cannot be mowed, and will overtake many a lawn before Labor Day. My husband and I tried an experiment two years ago with our crabby little patch of grass. We were being very green (of that I am proud) and hand-pulling the crab and quack grass, stem by stem. We planned to over seed the following fall in hopes that the next year we would not see our crabby friends. So, if you drove by and noticed two adults splayed out on the lawn for hours at a time, behaving much like snow monkeys, painstakingly removing insect-vermin from fur, it was just our green effort to maintain our lawn. And, despite the ant bites, blisters and dirt beneath our fingernails, we were not too crabby about our 10 plus hours spent weeding.
That was two years ago, and the following summer all of our crab grass returned…poo. Last summer, we tried the least offensive weed killer which did a very nice job of killing the Kentucky Blue grass next to the crab grass, but the crab grass still reigned supreme… humpf (and we paid for that one). This year if it’s green, it’s great. Who needs a perfect lawn? Trim and Green will do just fine!