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How to Get Rid of Crabgrass

by Jul 5, 2016Blog

Crabgrass is an un-invited guest that can keep growing all season long. It loves bare spots, water, and the heat of the summer. For anyone who is working towards a lush, green lawn, crabgrass is just as big of an enemy as dandelions or other weed. 

Getting rid of crabgrass for good takes a multi-faceted approach, and it’s important to understand why it grows to understand how to keep this unwanted invader from making its home in your lawn. 

What is crabgrass?

Seeking opportunity in the bare spots of your lawn during late spring, crabgrass can set up residency in the corners of your lawn, high traffic spots, or anywhere else that there are sparse areas of grass. But it doesn’t just stay in one spot. Crabgrass is a creeping annual grass that acts like a weed— it can begin to take over your lawn and really starts to bother many homeowners during the later parts of the season when it spreads, becoming more prevalent and noticeable.

So what can Greener Grass do for my lawn?

At Greener Grass, our lawn care program is created to support the entire health of your lawn, as opposed to short-term solutions that require the use of questionable chemicals. The common herbicide chemical used in many common crabgrass control sprays, for example, is known to have some levels of toxicity for other animals, plants, and humans. 

While you can target a spray to a certain area of your lawn, you can’t control what happens to that chemical after it rains, and eventually, these sprays end up in waterways and reach other areas that could affect plants, pets, animals, and people. 

If you want to avoid the use of chemicals, you can focus on ways to create a healthy lawn that is stronger and thicker naturally—we can help you work with nature, not fight against it. 

How we restore your lawn to prevent and control crabgrass

If you’ve been on the never-ending cycle of relying on synthetic chemical sprays and finding out the hard way that this approach leads to unhealthy grass, we can help. Restoring your lawn requires tackling the reason for the issues in the first place—depleted nutrients and not having a healthy mix of microorganisms. Taking care of bare spots the right way will help over the long term as well. 

3 Tips to Get a Healthier Lawn and Get Rid of Crabgrass

There are some things you can do to help your turf get healthier, too. Follow these tips and you’ll start to see a lusher lawn you can enjoy while you prevent and control crabgrass.

  • Don’t overwater – If you water every day, you may be helping crabgrass more than your lawn. Keep it to only a couple sessions every week rather than the daily marathon watering so crabgrass isn’t encouraged.
  • Mow high – We say this a lot here at Greener Grass, but it’s worth repeating. Mowing high helps the root system of the green grass you want and reduces the spread of weeds and crabgrass. Mowing higher is one of the most important things you can do for your lawn.
  • Use natural fertilizers – At Greener Grass, you’ll find 100% organic, non-synthetic fertilizers that are free from animal and human waste. We keep to the good stuff so you can be confident your lawn is healthy and safe for pets, kids, and everyone else.

Give us a call or request a quote online. We’d love to help you get started on natural treatments that work with nature so you can enjoy better results through every season.

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