4 Tips To Kill Crabgrass
Crabgrass is a notorious lawn invader that is exceptionally difficult to kill without damaging the rest of your lawn. Often, it may seem as though you have eradicated it, only to find it reappearing the following season.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks and tips you can try out to save your lawn from the crabgrass invasion.
It is advisable to kill the crabgrass in very early spring, before the plant seedling emerges.
This is because it is far more difficult to kill crabgrass plants than it is to kill it before it germinates. Spray the lawn with a pre-emergent spray that is suitable for your lawn - meaning, it won't destroy the grass you have planted. Two effective pre-emergent killers are Dimension and Tupersan.
If using the pre-emergent spray is not successful, you can try an effective post-emergent spray, again - one that will not destroy your lawn.
After applying the spray, wait for the crabgrass to turn brown, then remove completely - root and all. Do not leave any single plant as one crabgrass seedling has the potential to produce hundreds of thousands of seeds, starting the invasion all over again.
By mid-summer, your only option left is to weed by hand.
This is by no means the easiest way to rid your lawn of crabgrass, but if done properly, can be quite effective. Heavily watering the lawn will make uprooting the plants easier. Again, make sure you pull out every plant!
Sprinkle the crabgrass plants directly with pure baking soda.
The baking soda does not harm your regular grass and produces results in 24 hours. The leaves of the crabgrass will shrivel and blacken. Sprinkle it on thickly and pull out the crabgrass from the root once it dies.
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