The Q&A Archives: Crab Grass

Question: What is the best tool to use in removing crab grass. Weed killers also kill the grass so we would like to dig it up by hand.

Answer: Before removing crabgrass, always water the area heavily. This helps to loosen the soil and makes removal easier. Always make sure you get the entire root because the roots will grow wherever roots touch the soil. As soon as the crabgrass has been removed, mulch the soil because this will help prevent any left over roots from taking hold and causing problems in the future.

Hoeing and digging out the crab grass and leaving its roots exposed so they dry out and die are the most common plans of action. However, attentive care and simply maintaining a good thick lawn will also do the trick and keep crabgrass from taking hold. Your lawn should be fertilized and watered properly and you must be careful not to cut the grass too short because this will weaken your lawn base, giving crabgrass and other weeds free reign to attack.

Best wishes with your project!

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