Crabgrass

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Type of Weed: Grassy Weed

Digitaria sanguinalis

Large Crabgrass

Large crabgrass is a summer annual weed that is also known as hairy crabgrass. It affects all species of turfgrass, and has a rapid spread rate making it difficult to control.

Professional weed treatment is most effective for prevention and control.

How to Identify

Large crabgrass emerges in spring, thrives in the drought and heat of summer, then dies off in the first fall frost. This weed is composed of clumps of long, thin, hairy leaves that grow outward almost horizontally. Crabgrass produces abundant seeds that require ample sunlight to germinate, so it’s mainly found in sunny areas.

Control Methods

Control Difficulty: Difficult

Although there are post-emergent products available for consumer purchase, crabgrass often requires a professional application of treatment for successful control. Professionally selected and timed treatments can be very effective. At Gecko Green, we offer the best and most effective products and solutions to keep your yard clear of weeds.

Prevention Tips

Crabgrass germinates best in weak and thin grass, so develop a regular lawn care routine involving good mowing, watering, fertilization, and aeration practices to maintain a thick, healthy lawn. Having a planned pesticide schedule is also essential to preventing crabgrass.

There are also many effective pre-emergent products available to help prevent crabgrass, but application can be challenging so the best prevention option is to hire a professional lawn care service to monitor and treat your yard.
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