Weeds can be a blight to the neatest lawns and gardens, leading them to look wild and untidy. Crabgrass, a rather common weed, can often be seen growing on lawns, driveways, and between cracks in paving.
If you’re making plans for lawn care this autumn, then we have a look at crabgrass and hope to get rid of the pesky weed. Here’s how to remove infestations of crabgrass from your lawn.
Crabgrass is a tough annual weed that grows close to the ground and has a lot of stems. Its stalk, which bears the plant’s flowers and seeds, can be very tough. It can look like thick blades of grass, but as it keeps very close to the ground it can often avoid being cut by lawnmowers. It is a robust weed that can survive high traffic areas.
Crabgrass appears in early summer and thrives in hot weather, and while it is usually killed off when the first frost hits, it will then disperse its seeds around the garden. It might not be as unsightly as some weeds, but removing it from your garden will ensure the health of your lawn, and prevent it from sprouting next year.
To remove crabgrass, you will need a weeding tool such as a hand-held garden fork, a rake, a broadcast spreader, and a garden hose, as well as a pre-emergent lawn treatment, liquid herbicide, lawn fertiliser, grass seed, pre-emergent weed control, and garden gloves.
First, identify the areas of your lawn that have crabgrass. You may be able to pull up a clump or two, but ensure you remove the roots and all.
For heavier infestations, you will likely need to apply a post-emergent herbicide that targets crabgrass. Be extra sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions, as some products may also harm your grass.
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