How to Spot Crabgrass In Your Yard

Crabgrass, a summer annual, is one of the most troublesome weeds in lawns, and thankfully we have the tools to tackle it.

How to Identify Crabgrass

Crabgrass (or Digitaria to us lawn nerds) gets its name because it kind of looks like a crab one might find near the ocean. It has many legs (or in this case long branches/stems with pairs of leaf blades) and hugs the ground, making it difficult to mow or remove. Crabgrass loves thin and bare spots, so it will compete with and often beat out patchy areas around the yard where grass is weak or not growing at all. You’ll also find crabgrass growing out of cracks in the curb, driveway, sidewalk, and edges of your house. Typically bright green while young and becoming darker as it grows, crabgrass gets off to an early start in the season. However, if ignored, it will continue to sprout, spread, and grow thick patches just about anywhere well into the hot summer months. Without rain or proper watering, your lawn will naturally thin out and prove more of an opportunity for crabgrass or other grassy weeds to attack. Once mature, crabgrass will turn a reddish/purple color near the base, making it easy to distinguish this between other weeds and grasses.

How to Treat & Prevent Crabgrass

Crabgrass is not only invasive, but it is also very tough to fully control once it takes hold in your lawn. For the average homeowner, a strong 1-2-3 punch for treating crabgrass begins with a quality pre-emergent.  The most efficient way to prevent crabgrass is to create healthy, dense turf.

If you’re unsure how to fully and effectively prevent crabgrass at home, let the lawn pros at Lawn Pride know. We’ve been fighting and winning the war against crabgrass in lawns for more than 30 years, and we’re ready and able to fight for yours!