Crabgrass is a form grass that is likely to grow in tropical and warm environments – such as our summer months. It is advisable that you eliminate crabgrass the moment you see it in your lawn because it consumes many of the soil’s nutrients and moisture which will alter the healthy growth of your grass. So how can you protect your lawn from this invasive grass?
1. Keep it From Growing
One of the most efficient ways to get rid of this grass is through preventing it at the onset by using a pre-emergent herbicide. Note that crabgrass grows naturally as a result of animal droppings which means it will show up everywhere. To protect the seeds from sprouting, use herbicides or spray it on your lawn. The chemical forms a layer on the soil surface which prevents the seeds from continuing to grow. Make sure the herbicide is sprayed in the early spring or towards the end of winter when the temperatures are about 55 degrees because this will help it to absorb quickly. When applying the herbicide, try to use it with fertilizer as the two make a great combination in making sure that the germinating crabgrass seeds are destroyed.
2. Dig it Out
The other excellent and helpful way to eliminate the grass is by pulling it out. Note that crabgrass has a different look compared to your lawn and is easy to detect and eliminate. By pulling it out, you are preventing it from spreading in your lawn once it grows and produces seeds. Note that if the grass is left to grow throughout the season, the seeds will dry and fall causing the cycle of its growth to occur repeatedly. So, prevent further growth by ensuring that you pick out the grass at an early stage. Water the area where these grasses are growing to loosen the soil for easy plucking. Then after plucking all the areas with crabgrass, spray the areas with herbicide to get rid of any lingering seeds.
3. Take Care of Your Lawn
As mentioned earlier, this grass grows in areas with other grass and is viewed as invasive since it slows and prevents the healthy growth of your lawn. Therefore, to improve the growth of your lawn, make sure that you regularly water once or twice a week. This action helps to ensure that your garden is still getting enough water to boost healthy growth. It is also advisable that you mow your lawn once a week to help cut down on the weeds that may be growing in your yard along with the crabgrass. If you notice some sprouts of crabgrass in your lawn, use a rake to pull them before you mow. This helps by removing any immature seed heads and preventing their spread. Clear all the uprooted crabgrass from your yard. Another important tip to help you eliminate crabgrass is by using a fertilizer that has a low concentration of nitrogen. The fertilizer prevents the crabgrass from acquiring the proper amount of nutrients, and it will dry up and die.
4. Overseed Your Lawn
Planting more lawn in your garden helps control the growth of crabgrass. After plucking the crabgrass, treat those empty patches using herbicides and then plant more grass to fill the spaces. You can also overseed in other areas of the yard too. This helps eliminate all spaces for the crabgrass to sprout.
5. Remove the Dead Crabgrass
Crabgrass produces allelopathic toxins which alter the growth of your lawn. Therefore, make sure that you eliminate all the dead plants to prevent the release of these toxins in that area. This also gives your garden grass an opportunity to revive and regrow again. It is not clear how long it takes for the dead crabgrass to affect your plants or lawns but the best time to remove it is as soon as you pull it.
There is no permanent remedy for crabgrass. However, by following the above tips, you will be able to control its growth in your lawn. When using the herbicides, be careful and read the instructions to make sure you use the correct concentration which will keep the grass you want alive, green, and beautiful.