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Getting Rid of Crabgrass

May 6, 2004

Hi, I have some sort of grass and I don't know what it is. It has leaves that are 7/16 of an inch wide and has lines in it. The stem of the grass is really stiff or hard and it grows a lot faster than my other grass. It also has a lighter color than my other grass (fescue). Can you please help me out on what it is and how I can get rid of it.

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Diana from Michigan

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By donna schweitzer (Guest Post)
May 7, 20040 found this helpful

yes it sounds like crab grass. the only way to get rid of grab grass is to apply a pre emergences on your yard in early spring (called grab grass preventer), it stops the grab grass from germinating. it must be applied every spring. if not, the grab grass will take over your whole yard.

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By (Guest Post)
May 7, 20040 found this helpful

Crabgrass creeps along the ground- what you describe sounds like goosegrass. You can use Roundup on it but that will also kill your grass. There is a spray you can try by Fertilome called Summer Crabgrass Spray; it will also work on the goosegrass.

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

You can tell if it is a crabgrass if it has a purple tinge in the fall. Try a Crab Grass preventer in the spring. Be sure to do all your raking first . If you rake after applying you break ythe barrier and it will not work

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By tim (Guest Post)
November 11, 20050 found this helpful

My yard looks terrible with crab grass some thick vine grass that is soft but over my grass. If I were to resod my yard can I go over the grass or do I have to rip out the yard down to dirt?

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By LeAnn (Guest Post)
May 4, 20070 found this helpful

Is this crabgrass?

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By margaret (Guest Post)
May 6, 20070 found this helpful

Help! I put down dandilion killer by scotts a week ago, but I have alot of crabgrass. Can I now put down step one of scotts lawn care called turf builder with crabgrass control.

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April 24, 2005

What is the mixture of vinegar and soap for killing crabgrass?

jimdigital

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April 30, 20050 found this helpful

1 gallon white vinegar . Add 8 drops of liquid dish washing detergent (helps plant material absorb the liquid)

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May 4, 20050 found this helpful

Alright, then what do you do? Spray it on the plant? water the plant ? And how often? If that works I'm going to do it. Does it work on all weeds or just crabgrass? thanks a bunch

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By Sally From Jacksonville, Fl (Guest Post)
March 27, 20060 found this helpful

We live in North Florida and have about 40% of our St Augustime lawn covered with Crabgrass. I would be interested in finding a way to kill the crabgrass without destroying or damaging the St Augustine grass. I read about the vinegar solution and wondered if this would work. If so, what is the mixture ?

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
April 24, 20060 found this helpful

For St. Augustine grass you can use organic crabgrass killers. Just do a google search and you'll find the products.

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July 10, 2008

I am looking for a homemade crabgrass killer.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Tom from Danville, IL

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By Jaci (Guest Post)
July 11, 20080 found this helpful

Tom:

Boiling water! It will take a couple days to shrivel up, but it certainly works and leaves nothing to prevent future planting.

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By (Guest Post)
July 12, 20080 found this helpful

Boiling water will kill off grass too if your crabgrass is in the lawn.

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June 24, 20150 found this helpful

My crabgrass is in a big flowerbox that I'm wanting to get rid of. I'm seeing posts for crabgrass killer for lawns. Would it be the same for my flowerbox?

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November 9, 2006

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What is the best and easiest method for getting rid of crabgrass? This year is probably too late to do anything. What should I do for next year? My lawn was over run with crabgrass this year more than any other year.

Hardiness Zone: 5b

Vanet from Saugerties, NY

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Vanet,

I cannot think of any easy solutions to controlling crabgrass, and I'm not sure a person can hope to ever get rid of it completely. Even when using pre-emergent herbicides, it seems to come back eventually. The first thing that I would suggest is to raise the height of your lawn mower blades to 3 inches. This will support the healthy growth of turf grass and leaves less room for crabgrass seeds to take hold.

For long-term control, I would recommend applying corn meal gluten. This is an all natural by-product of milling corn that acts are a pre-emergent for controlling crabgrass, barnyard grass, foxtail, dandelion, lambs quarters, pigweed, purslane, smartweed and others. If applied once in mid spring (around the time the lilacs bloom) and again in mid August, you should catch two different flushes of crabgrass. A third flush will probably be ready to germinate just in time to be killed off by frost. Corn meal gluten should not be used if you're trying to establish a lawn, because it prevents regular grass seed from sprouting too. If you apply this at a rate of approximately 20 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. the first year, you should see at least a 40-50% reduction in crabgrass. Control will continue to improve each year with successive use.

Ellen

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August 27, 20060 found this helpful

Vanet I had read this you might give it a try
Good Luck
A great organic "weed and feed" product is corn gluten. It will suppress crabgrass germination, while fertilizing your lawn.

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August 28, 20060 found this helpful

I think the men mowing also "seeded" my yard-- however I made it worse by agreeing to "scalping" in preparation for summer growth. Will never do that again. The grass didn't have the strength to fight off the weed seeds. The other thing I did was insist the height of my grass to be at least 3 inches before mowing-- we'll find out if mine is OK next spring.
good luck

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September 15, 2009

I need a recipe for crab grass control.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Janet Boggs from Hudson, FL

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

Cover it with plastic for a few weeks. This will work for any kind of grass you don't like. Also search for your question, good luck.

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October 10, 2006

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I have heard that there is a type of Canadian grass that produces a thick, lush, and hardy lawn. It is supposed to crowd out crabgrass. What is the name of it and where is the best place or website to purchase it at?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Vanet from Saugerties, NY

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Vanet,

Are you talking about Canada Green Grass? http://www.seenontvproducts.net/...canada%20grass&OVMTC=standard

If so, I would advise you to check out what others are saying on this forum before spending your money: http://turfgrass.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000002-2.html

It sounds to me like this particular mix is quite the wonder grass. I'm sure this mix could work under the right conditions, but whether or not your site has the right conditions is something you'll have to research. Try to find out if someone on this forum has grown it successfully where you live.

A good mixture of grass seed for lawns in your zone will probably contain roughly 50% Kentucky bluegrass, 30-40% red fescue, and 10 to 20% perennial ryegrass. A diverse mixture is important. Most turf diseases go after one type of grass so a mixture helps to ensure that at least some of your lawn will remain protected should the worst happen. Look for high-quality mixes. They may cost a bit more, but you're likely to get what you pay for. Less expensive mixes have a lower rate of germination and are more likely to contain unwanted types of seeds (weeds).

Good luck!
Ellen

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By sh (Guest Post)
October 31, 20060 found this helpful

Don't know if this is the grass you're referring to, or if it would work in your zone, but down here (Texas) we have something called "centipede grass" that crowds out the weeds and makes a pretty lawn. Hope this helps!

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October 21, 2013

Does anyone know of an effective, non-toxic way to kill invasive grasses such as Bermuda and Crabgrass? I know that Round-Up kills it, but it is highly toxic and very harmful to the environment.

By DP from Las Vegas, NV

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May 5, 2012

Does anyone out there know a home remedy for killing crabgrass? I have used fertilizer with weed prevent in March, and also baking soda recently, but soda kills the grass, too! Crabgrass is taking over my lawns and my life. I do not know what else to try. Help me.

Thanks, The Crabgrass Lady

By Lillian S.

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August 10, 2016

This is a page about organic solutions for crabgrass. Crabgrass can invade your lawn and quickly take over.

Hands using a weeding tool to remove crab grass from lawn

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