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How To Get Rid of Crabgrass in Your Yard


About crabgrass

Crab grass are annual grassy weeds that branch out in patches on a yearly basis on your lawns spoil you well kept landscape and the aesthetics of the garden. It spikes or branches out 3 feet high. The crab grass is weeds that can survive or rather thrive in all sunny climate regions and is considered hardy. You will find smooth and large crab grass and has a jointed appearance. It is quite a stubborn weed and quite difficult to get rid of. Crabgrass needs warm soil to germinate. It tends to grow in warm soil and a surface of lawn that are bare or near the edges of the lawn where the soils easily gets warmed up.

Damage caused by crabgrass

The crabgrass invades the whole turf of your lawn gradually and will not allow any other healthy grass or plants to grow spoiling the aesthetics of your garden. It can release root toxin that can destroy the landscape of your lawn.

Strategies for getting rid of crabgrass

  1. Mowing the lawn at higher level

The crabgrass cannot grow in shady or bare spaces of the lawn. So when it not seasonal for the crabgrass to grow you can mow the lawn at higher height keep the length of the grass longer. The long grass and dense lawn will make your lawn shaded place. The soil will not warm up and make the crab grass difficult to grow.

  1. Watering the lawn regularly

After the crabgrass are gone during the season. Sow seeds all over the areas especially the bare space of your garden. Make sure to water plenty of times regularly seeping in the water in the soil properly to allow the fresh healthy grass and other plants to grow in your yard. Make sure no place has been left bare. This will prevent the crabgrass from growing or sprouting. The damp soil will make the temperature of the soil cooler preventing the crabgrass from growing. Make sure to sow the seeds months after the pre-emergent herbicide has been used.

  1. Fertilizing the soil

Usually such weeds grow after insect infestation has damage the quality of soil and plants. Use proper soil with compost and mineral and fertilizer should be of proper PH level. The fertilizer should be nitrogen based.

  1. Controlling crabgrass with herbicides

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry a variety of herbicides which specifically targets crabgrass. Use pre-emergent herbicides like MSM TURF HERBICIDE and DITHIOPYR 40 WSB PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDE at proper time and climate. Apply the chemical evenly throughout the lawn. Make sure no spot or patch has been left out from application of the herbicide. The crabgrass will grow on the spot that has been missed. Once months have passed the soil can be sowed with fresh seeds as mentioned above.

In case the crab grass has already germinated in your lawn you will then use post-emergent herbicide like MSMA TURF HERBICIDE, or QUINCLORAC 75 DF HERBICIDE. Apply post-emergent herbicide on calm sunny day when there is no forecast of rain. Water the soil before applying the herbicide as it will help in absorbing the herbicide more effectively. Keep a follow up and reapply the herbicide to kill the crabgrass. Spot treatment can also be used to get rid of crabgrass.

Granular herbicide can be used for the walkways and edges of the lawn near the pavement to make sure the crabgrass does not grow in these areas.

  1. Pulling out the crab grass

After applying the herbicides and making sure the crabgrass have been killed. You can grasp the weed tightly and pulling out each one of the patch of dead crab grass from its roots. Make sure all the roots and strands have been dug and taken out. You can use trowel and a hoe to pull out all the crabgrass easily and dispose it in sealed trash bag. To make sure it does cause growth gain. You can use a wheel barrow to collect all the dead crabgrass including its roots.

  1. Reseeding the lawn

This another method used to eradicate the crabgrass while it is still sprouting and growing in the lawn. Apply seeds to the lawn and make sure to water and fertilize them effectively. The more the seed will sprout and become dense the more shaded and difficult it becomes for the crabgrass to survive. The area becomes shady and cooler and it suffocates the crab grass and eventually kills the weed.

  1. Aerating and dethatching the lawn

Remove all the decomposed dear roots, rhizomes mulches and other debris from underneath and pull it out and dig it out with trowel and remove it. Aerating the lawn will also help you prevent crab grass. Perforate the soils with small holes to allow air water and other nutrients to penetrate the lawn.

Getting rid of weeds

Crabgrass is quite stubborn and difficult weed to eradicate. The crabgrass growth is quite extensive and widespread and keeps reappearing after all your efforts. Next step is to re landscape your lawn. Take out all the soil and greenery. Remove everything and pit in fresh soil and start over fresh. This time pay close attention and keep applying herbicides and take all necessary precautions.

Solutions Pest & Lawn has a number of great options both emergent and pre-emergent which can sufficiently get rid of crabgrass. Look into the products on our website or if you would like more advice tailored to your lawn’s situation give us a call at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


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