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Crabgrass

What you need to know for your lawn Crabgrass is an annual grassy weed that spreads throughout your yard and can completely take over if you’re not careful. It has, what experts call, an indeterminate growth pattern that allows it to grow all season, after ground temperatures reach 53 degrees and keeps producing seeds until… Read more »

What you need to know for your lawn

Crabgrass is an annual grassy weed that spreads throughout your yard and can completely take over if you’re not careful. It has, what experts call, an indeterminate growth pattern that allows it to grow all season, after ground temperatures reach 53 degrees and keeps producing seeds until it freezes over or dies.

What Kinds of Problems Does Crabgrass Cause?

Crabgrass has the ability to take over your desirable turf, especially Fescue. It is very difficult to control once the plant has matured. As mentioned above, it will continue to produce seeds throughout its life cycle. In fact, it can produce over 150,000 seeds per plant. Though it is possible to gain control and kill some plants with post-emergent, it’s not easy.

Can Crabgrass be Removed?

Crabgrass is very hard to control, yet it will die naturally around mid-October without a post-emergent grass control. Split applications of pre-emergent applied in winter to early spring will control new plants that try to germinate in the following summer. The key to ensuring that crabgrass stays put is to make sure the weed doesn’t germinate. For example, some steps you can take are to:

  • Mow at frequent intervals to keep grass a consistent length
  • Keep your lawn thick and long because crabgrass needs light to germinate
  • Follow proper fertilizer rates and times based on your type of turf (Fairway Green fertilizes most turf types four to five times a year)

Contact the Team at Fairway Green!

If you have more questions about crabgrass and how it’s affecting your lawn, the experts at Fairway Green are ready to help. Please give us a call and we’ll get you one step closer to a lawn you can be proud of!