Crabgrass Identification & Prevention

What is crabgrass?

Crabgrass is a common weed that most property owners have to deal with at one time or another. Crabgrass grows low against the ground, extending out in a crab-like manner. This plant’s leaves are bright green or yellow, and are wider than a typical blade of grass; its stems are branched and spread. Crabgrass is an annual weed, which means that it grows and dies within the same year.

a patch of crabgrass outside of a home in frederick maryland

Is crabgrass dangerous?

Crabgrass is not a dangerous plant, but it is a weed that is difficult to control, as a single plant can produce up to 150,000 seeds. Although crabgrass is technically a type of grass, it is not a desirable type of grass. Crabgrass is opportunistic and will quickly overtake a lawn, dominating it and ruining its overall green, healthy appearance.

Why do I have a crabgrass problem?

Crabgrass is problematic because, in order to control and eliminate it, you must put preventative measures in place. Once the seeds germinate and the life cycle begins, crabgrass is very difficult to deal with, and these weeds will return year after year. After the first frost of the year, the crabgrass plant dies – leaving behind thousands of seeds in the ground. When the weather warms up in the spring to around 55 degrees, the seeds germinate, grow, and spread throughout the rest of the spring, summer, and fall months. The key to controlling crabgrass is completing a preventative treatment before the seeds germinate.

Where will I find crabgrass?

Crabgrass has the potential to grow and become a problem in lawns, vegetable gardens, and ornamental landscapes. This weed is a particular problem on golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and garden areas. Crabgrass will overtake bare spots or thin areas in lawns, and it grows best under hot, dry conditions.

How do I get rid of crabgrass?

The best way to eliminate crabgrass is to partner with Royal Greens. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to identify their specific crabgrass problem, eliminate the weeds, and put into place a plan of action to maintain a lush and healthy lawn.

Our comprehensive lawn care solutions for Central Maryland property owners provide customized, effective, seasonal lawn care solutions you can count on. Learn more about our organic approach to lawn care by reaching out to Royal Greens today!

How can I prevent crabgrass in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help to avoid problems with crabgrass:

  • Avoid fertilizing your lawn in the summer months; this can help the crabgrass to thrive.

  • Maintain your lawn at a height of anywhere between 3 and 4 inches.

  • After mowing in an infested area of your lawn, rinse mower blades to avoid bringing seeds into another area of your lawn.


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