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Did you know there are 235 species of crabgrass in the world? It was introduced to the United States in 1849 as a feed for livestock and just like any other weed, it has spread; crabgrass now grows in each of the 48 continental states of the United States.
Crabgrass is a universally despised weed that can quickly take over your lawn. Crabgrass is the common name for an all-too-familiar annual weed that can infest not only lawns, but also anywhere else around your home. Do not be too surprised if you see crabgrass growing among cracks in your sidewalk!
The best way to control and manage a crabgrass problem is through regular lawn care management. Crabgrass and other weedy grasses become far more difficult to manage, kill, and prevent once they become more mature and established. Here are ten easy solutions for your crabgrass problem:
1. Prevention is the key to killing crabgrass. Use more grass seed and turf in order to eliminate potential spots in your lawn where crabgrass could germinate and grow. Once crabgrass is established, it becomes much more difficult to eradicate it.
2. Don’t be afraid to use healthy amounts of lawn fertilizers. Fertilizers from brands such as Scotts and Miracle Gro promote lush and abundant growth that limits the free space where crabgrass can grow.
3. Pre-emergent herbicides work well in preventing crabgrass growth. Apply this herbicide before the weed has a chance to germinate and grow. Don’t forget to give your lawn a good watering in order to activate the herbicide after its application.
4. Organic herbicides like Safer Fast Acting Weed and Grass Killer stem crabgrass germination without harming or killing nearby plants or grass. Organic products are better for the environment and safer for your lawn.
5. Give your lawn healthy dose of fertilize after the first few frosts of the year. The cold temperatures will kill the crabgrass and the doe of fertilizer benefits the surviving turf grass which can then grow more fully, again stopping crabgrass from establishing itself.
6. Does your lawn have any bare spots? Fill them in with grass seed and fertilizer early on to prevent crabgrass from taking root.
7. Regularly mow your lawn but leave the grass about two and a half to three inches high. Although it doesn’t look as clean as a trimmed lawn, the extra height of the grass allows it to grow a little thicker, and in turn blocking out the sunlight crabgrass seeds need to germinate fully.
8. As spring approaches and the grass begins to grow, fertilize the lawn with a crabgrass preventer, such as Dimension Crabgrass Preventer; this can be especially helpful for new grass areas. Try to spread some fertilizer a few feet around the new grass too as a way to prevent dormant crabgrass seeds don't sprout.
9. If you’ve done all the necessary preventive measures but still find new crabgrass growth, pull the weed and give the area a good treatment with crabgrass killer, like Bayer Advanced Natria Grass and Weed Killer.
10. Finally water your grass more thoroughly but less frequently. A thorough watering allows your grass to grow more deeply, making it hardier to dry conditions. Crabgrass has difficulty germinating and growing in dry soil.
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