There’s a long list of pesky weeds that can pop up in your lawn. Sometimes, it’s hard to distinguish one from another.
Crabgrass is one common weed on the list. While the name might sound familiar, you may have lingering questions, like, what is crabgrass? How can you spot and prevent it? Or, how is crabgrass different from other lawn weeds?
Let’s get your questions answered! Below, read all about identifying and controlling crabgrass.
Crabgrass is terribly invasive. As it spreads, it makes it harder for the healthy grass in your yard to flourish. Plus, your healthy grass is forced to compete with crabgrass for water and nutrients in the soil.
There are many different types of crabgrass. The most common one looks like a coarse, light green clump of grass. It earned its name because its sprawling stems resemble the legs of a crab.
Don’t confuse crabgrass with these other common lawn weeds! Here are a few distinguishing factors between common crabgrass and its look-alikes.
The most effective way to prevent crabgrass is to apply a pre-emergent treatment in spring before crabgrass sprouts. Read about how to prevent crabgrass with pre-emergent.
A pre-emergent is by far the best way to get rid of crabgrass, but you can also try these tips for crabgrass control in summer.
To deter crabgrass from coming back, follow these key lawn care tips:
Crabgrass dies in late fall as the temperature drops. In winter, and throughout early spring, you won’t see crabgrass in your lawn.