Crabgrass is one of the common types of grass weeds that can cause a lot of unsightly trouble for homeowners who take pride in caring for their lawn. This is because crabgrass is nearly impossible to remove entirely from a lawn. It is important for any gardener or lawn owner to be reasonable when it comes to crabgrass and, most importantly, remove the crabgrass as soon as you see it. Crabgrass is extremely fertile, and just a small portion can easily spread around your lawn. Crabgrass can germinate over 100,000 seeds per plant per year, which is why this pesky weed becomes such a problem once it has arrived on your property.
Crabgrass can be very difficult to completely remove, but it is possible to get rid of most of the weed so that you can still have a wonderful lawn that looks almost entirely crabgrass free. As with other weeds, one of the enemies of crabgrass is a healthy lawn. If you strive to keep your lawn healthy the chances of having crabgrass will be greatly reduced.
In the Fall you should re-seed your lawn and aerate to make your lawn stronger for the Spring.
A process of specific applications can be utilized to prevent the growth of crabgrass during Spring. When the ground has warmed up from the Winter, you should apply a pre-emergent crabgrass killer to get the seeds before they germinate.
Drop the first application before the grass has turned green, and then wait roughly two weeks, depending on the lingering freeze, for another round of weed killer. This should knock out the plant for awhile, but you may need to repeat the process again the following year.
Lastly, it may help to make sure you never mow your lawn below 2 1/2 inches. A healthy lawn is your best chance against crabgrass. Do your best to keep it at 3 or more inches during the hottest months and never mow it down to the ground, or else you will be inviting whatever crabgrass seeds that are around to germinate.
Later in the Spring is when you can put some grass seed down again to fill in your empty spots. Keep your eyes open for any new crabgrass plants and pull them out by hand if possible so they don't have the chance to grow and reproduce seeds.
This can be a tough process, but it is worth it when you see your nice green lawn free from crabgrass.
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