Unfortunately, it’s a common problem we see here in the Portsmouth, NH area and all over the seacoast region. Crabgrass is a coarse, clumpy ‘grass-like’ weed that grows in the summer and can do a number on your turf. It does this by beating your grass to the punch when it comes to absorbing water and other valuable nutrients.
The good news is that there are several ways of getting rid of it; but most importantly, it’s just best to
get out in front of it before it becomes an issue. Here are some ways you can deal with crabgrass if you experience an outbreak on your property.
Major spoiler alert: Crabgrass dies on its own in the fall. So unless you think it’s really important, you can essentially wait out the crabgrass and wait for it to die off. However, you will need to do one, critical thing before the start of the next growing season and that’s applying a pre-emergent in the Spring. Pre-emergent will help prevent crabgrass from ever growing and will make it easier for you to take care of your lawn.
But if you can’t wait...
There are a few ways that you can get rid of crabgrass. The first is the good, ole fashioned weed-pull; ripping the plant out roots and all. While this will work to kill the crabgrass, it can be a bear to rip out of the ground sometimes, so be ready for a work out! If you want to cheat a bit, spray some water on the soil to loosen up the ground to make it easier to pull out. Once that’s done, you’ll want to immediately seed the bare area.
If there’s just too much of it…
Sometimes, there’s just too much crabgrass on your lawn and it’d take forever to pull it all out. When you’re stuck with too many weeds and you can’t look at your lawn anymore – you can go the chemical
That being said – if you do elect to use chemicals, then you need to make sure that you’re hiring professionals to apply them. There’s two primary reasons for that. One is more or less legal. Each community has different standards when it comes to what’s good and what isn’t – so a professional will be able to ensure that you’re in compliance. The other reason is more straight-forward – and that’s that herbicides can severely harm your grass if you misapply them. There are literally dozens of forms of herbicides to choose from and the wrong chemical can produce undesirable results.
If your lawn is being overrun by crabgrass, give us a call and we’re happy to give you a free consultation. Good luck!