How to Deal with Georgia Crabgrass


Crabgrass is usually blamed for any persistent weeds or unwanted grass that grows in someone’s manicured lawn.

Several types of weeds look similar to crabgrass, and the treatments for them are also similar. If the problem you are experiencing is truly caused by crabgrass, there are some things you can do to help get rid of the prolific weed and rescue your lawn: 

Using Pre-Emergent Treatments

There are several pre-emergent treatments that you can purchase from a good lawn and garden store. The best time to use a pre-emergent is in the early spring before the grass has begun to develop. Crabgrass doesn’t grow until the weather is consistently hot, so you have plenty of time to apply a treatment before the growing season begins.

If you have experienced crabgrass problems before, you will know which areas of your yard are more likely to grow crabgrass again. Concentrate your treatments on those areas specifically so that the crabgrass won’t have a chance to gain a foothold as the summer progresses.

Late Season Crabgrass

Once crabgrass emerges in the late summer, there is not much you can do to get rid of it. If you are really interested in making it go away, it is possible to pull crabgrass out by hand. This time-consuming process takes a lot of work, but it will eventually get all of the crabgrass out of your yard. Ensure you treat the area filled with crabgrass as soon as possible after you have pulled it up. It doesn’t take long for crabgrass seeds to germinate and begin to grow again.

Use a pre-emergent treatment or good mulch to keep the seeds from becoming healthy and grow more crabgrass in an area you have already pulled from.

The Problem with Herbicides

The best way to combat crabgrass is to treat your lawn before the weed emerges in the early summer or pull it up by hand after it emerges. Crabgrass tends to gravitate toward sunny, dry spots in your lawn, so using plenty of water can also help keep your lawn intact.

Crabgrass is an annual weed that will die off yearly during the first frost. You can use that time to lay down the pre-emergent that will stop the crabgrass from returning next season.

Start the Season Right - Call the Professionals

Tackling crabgrass requires a proactive approach with pre-emergent treatments in early spring or diligent hand-pulling if it emerges later in the season. While water and herbicides can play a role in maintaining a healthy lawn, prevention is key. If you find the task daunting or wish to ensure effective and professional lawn care, consider contacting your local Watkinsville lawn care experts. Legacy Lawn Care is dedicated to providing top-notch services, helping you achieve a lush, weed-free lawn. Contact them today for personalized solutions and enjoy a vibrant, thriving lawn throughout the seasons. Your dream lawn is just a call away with Legacy Lawn Care!

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