Crabgrass is a tough annual week that seems low to the ground and has a lot of stems. The weed may look like large blades of grass but often manages to avoid being cut by lawn mowers due to its position close to the ground. Unlike other annual weeds, crabgrass is hardy and will survive in high traffic areas.
Removing it before it forms seeds will also ensure that you don’t end up with weeds growing in your flower beds next year.
A Home Depot gardening expert explained how to get rid of crabgrass from your lawn and how to prevent “serious infestations” from returning.
What tools do you need to remove crabgrass?
To help remove crabgrass, you will need a weeding tool such as a hand fork.
You will also need a rake, spreader, and garden hose.
What materials do you need to remove crabgrass?
Ideally, experts say, you need pre-emergent lawn treatment, liquid herbicide, lawn fertilizer, grass seed, pre-emergent weed control, and garden gloves.
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The expert said that the first thing you need to do is identify the areas with crabgrass.
They said, “It’s a slow growing weed that spreads outward like a crab and it’s easy to spot.
“When the weed dies in the fall, it drops seeds that can germinate in the spring, so it’s important to remove the clumps as they appear.
“You can use a weed or two, or pull by hand, just make sure you get the roots out and everything.”
The expert continued, “Another way to prevent crabgrass is to keep your lawn on the high side – three inches is an ideal height for shading the soil and preventing stray seeds from germinating.
“You’ll also want to fertilize the lawn regularly so that it becomes thick and lush, leaving little room for weed growth.
“Weeds love stressed lungs, so water thoroughly in dry weather to develop a deep, resilient root system.
“Then remove or place seeds on bare spots, then water frequently until new grass is established.
“Finally, in early spring, reapply a pre-emergence herbicide to prevent the return of crabgrass. “