Crabgrass Control in Your Lawn and Landscape
How to control this much maligned weedy grass
How to Identify Crabgrass
Crabgrass is an Annual, and as such, dies down in the Winter. Before its life cycle ends, it leaves behind thousands of tiny grass seeds. These seeds germinate in the Spring. This sneaky, warm season grass is identified by its very low, sideways growing pattern, that easily infiltrates your lawn. It has long, thin seed heads and thicker mid-green blades, sometimes tinged with red.
Crabgrass Control is challenging to maintain in your lawn. Mowing won’t help to remove it from your grass, as you can’t healthily cut your lawn low enough to impact its growth.
Varieties of Crabgrass
Crabgrass plants, or Digitaria, have several common species found across the United States. Smooth (Digitaria ischaemum) and Hairy (Digitaria sanguinalis). The smooth variety is a little smaller and lower growing, sometimes hard to see permeating your lawn, until it’s too late, but its leaves can grow up to 5” long. Hairy Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is bigger, and can be identified by a red tinge on wider leaves. Both have a horizontal growth pattern, making them easier to identify.
Stop fighting crabgrass every year. This invasive lawn weed can really be an eyesore when it dies back in the winter. With organic herbicides, we’ll remove crabgrass as we restore the lawn to ensure it doesn’t come back.
Weeds simply succeed where other plants fail. They are wildly successful at growing in inhospitable places and will outperform most plants, under the right conditions. This is where our philosophy of Healthy soils grow healthy landscapes comes in. We address any deficiencies in the soil, providing balanced nutrients to your plants and turf. As your plants flourish, they will crowd out the weeds. Crabgrass flourishes in bare spots in the lawn and landscape, but once the turf has filled in and planting beds are covered with bark mulch and groundcovers, there is less opportunity for this weed to succeed.
Organic Pre-Emergent Treatments
Earthdance Organics recommends use of organic pre-emergent herbicides to treat weeds. Corn gluten meal is used to prevent new seeds from growing roots when they germinate. The shoots that grow, will die quickly with no root support.
Organic Herbicide Treatments
Treatment with organic herbicides is safer than conventional weed killers. They have low toxicity and break down quickly, making it safe for your family and pets to enjoy the yard. These are used to treat any weeds already present. When used in conjunction with the pre-emergent herbicide, the combination can be very effective.
Our Holistic approach to landscape and turf care and organic crabgrass control will improve your soil exponentially, and you will reap the benefits of fertile, nutritious soil. This means you can stop worrying, sit back and relax, and enjoy your beautiful landscape.