Still have time to treat lawn for crab grass

After what seemed like an endless winter, many are looking toward spring and warmer temperatures.

With that in mind there are

a few things you can do to make your lawn one of the best looking in the neighborhood.

The scene at the Lowe's store in Quincy saw assistant store manager Diana Hillebrenner answering questions about crab grass and customers who are trying to decide what fits their needs for their lawn at home. And for you do-it-yourselfers, you'll need to do a little math.

"You need to know approximately how big your yard is. If you can either go out and walk it off or measure it and let us know the length times width we will take care of that for you and figure out how much you exactly need," Hillebrenner said.

Hillebrenner also said if you put down a pre-emergence fertilizer mix yourself, you'll need to to wait at least six to eight weeks before you plant grass.

Meanwhile over at Bergman Nurseries, Todd Friye said people still have a couple of weeks to get the crab grass treatment completed. He said your lawn needs to see night time temperatures in the upper 40s before crabgrass germinates.

"Right now you're still looking at a couple of weeks probably before the crab grass is going to germinate. A lot of it depends on ground temperature. And also when the forsythia blooms the yellow forsythia that is when the germination is going to start happening," Friye said.

Both Hillebrenner and Friye said that if you see crabgrass in your lawn, it's probably too late to treat easily this year and would be best to try and get it under control next year.

Todd Friye added
you can find out the soil temperature by checking the temperature of the Mississippi River. It's usually just a couple of degrees off from the soil temperature in this area.