Crabgrass Identification, Prevention, & Control Services

With accurate crabgrass identification and reliable crabgrass control services, you can rid your lawn of this hideous weed!

How do you know if crabgrass is invading your lawn?

Crabgrass in a Mulch Bed

Crabgrass is an annual weed with a long germination period. This weed has wide, spread-out stems and leaves that lay flat to the ground and point outward to crowd out your grass and make it patchy. Once grass becomes patchy, crabgrass can take up even more space easily. This weed spreads quickly and will take over your lawn if left untreated.

One crabgrass plant can produce 150,000 seeds per season and grow up to 12” in diameter. With many bordering lawns in the suburbs, previous signs are not necessary for new growth.

Crabgrass is difficult to control once it has sprouted and will leave large void areas on the lawn where it has been killed. These “void areas” are typically popular spots for re-growth the following year.

If you are concerned crabgrass may be plaguing your lawn, it is essential to lookat the following crabgrass identification information and find out.

Season: Crabgrass seeds have a very lengthy germination time and will grow anytime between late spring and early fall, and are most commonly seen in early to late summer. Being an annual plant, a crabgrass plant will only survive one year and usually dies off in late fall.

Environment: Crabgrass needs an empty space with bare dirt to grow, it often does well in dry soil or in patchy areas where lawn grasses are struggling. This weed will spring up in places where the soil has been disturbed or in very warm areas (near sidewalks, pavement, and rocks).

Habit: Crabgrass is a low growing plant that is best identified from above; it has an almost circular growth with stems radiating from one central point in a star pattern.

Leaves: Crabgrass has broad, flat leaves perpendicular to the stem, with tips that point up slightly.

Auricle: An auricle is a small ear-shaped projection on the interior side at the base of a leaf. Crabgrass has a membranous auricle that is easily seen.

Collar: A collar is an area on the back of the leaf where it connects to the stem. Crabgrass has a divided collar that is easily recognized by its two distinct sections on either side of the leaf/stem junction.

Leaf buds: Leaf buds are where the new leaf blades emerge from the stems. Crabgrass has rolled leaf buds, which have a spiral-shaped cross-section. These leaf buds unfurl slowly and flatten out as they mature.

Flowers: Crabgrass flowers are one of the most recognizable parts of the plant and are the reason crabgrass is sometimes referred to as finger-grass. The flowers consist of between 2 and 13 long thin purple spires (approximately 4-6 inches in length) extending from the top of a long vertical stem.  Crabgrass typically flowers in August and September.

Seeds: Crabgrass produces approximately 150,000 seeds. The seeds form on the stalks of the flowers in an alternating pattern that resembles a zipper. The seeds start as a light green and turn a tan to light brown color as they mature.

Types of Crabgrass: Two main types of crabgrass exist in the midwest: smooth crabgrass and large crabgrass. Smooth crabgrass tends to be short, reaching between 3 and 6 inches in height; it is a very light green color. Large crabgrass tends to be taller, and with some flowers reaching 2-3 feet high, it can easily be identified by the slight purple color at the base of its stems and leaves.

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Crabgrass Prevention and Control Services

Green Bee has a solution for your weed problems, from pre-emergent treatment in the spring to post-emergent treatment in the summer.

Green Bee provides crabgrass control services in Cinco Ranch, Cypress, Humble, Richmond, Spring, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Tomball, Kingwood, Katy, Jersey Village, and many more in the suburban Houston area!

Typically two conditions are helpful in crabgrass control; a healthy lawn and a preventative pre-emergent. A healthy lawn limits weeds’ growth because a strong, thick grass root system will restrict growth. Therefore, fertilization and proper watering are the beginning defense to produce a healthy, thick lawn.

A pre-emergent is a spread-on, granule-based product that creates a barrier in the soil, limiting germination. These products are spread early enough in the season to stop unwanted germination but not too early to prevent the desired germination (i.e., grass seed).

Crabgrass begins sprouting when the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees for around 3-5 days, typically in May when the average air temperature is 70 degrees. The proper application time is in April and May. However, a pre-emergent application as early as March can last all season.

You can start by pulling crabgrass from vulnerable areas like on the side of driveways. If you’re doing too much hand-pulling, you can spray the weeds; this will ensure your crabgrass stops spreading seeds. After pulling weeds or killing them off, it’s always a good idea to use a rake to yank out the sprayed weeds and then mow your lawn with a grass catcher.

The best way to stop crabgrass from growing is by having a healthy lawn. Having healthy grass will make it difficult for crabgrass to grow. This includes lawn maintenance with regular fertilization.

You should be using pre-emergent herbicides when your lawn is sprouting crabgrass. Please follow directions and use pre-emergent herbicides when it is 60 degrees or above.

Crabgrass Control

Even with all the preventative maintenance, there is always a chance of crabgrass sprouting. Crabgrass has excellent survival and reproductive qualities. A weed control application would be the most effective way to stop the crabgrass before it fully grows and begins seeding.

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