Garden Tip 130:


Crabgrass is usually a subject talked about in the spring. Pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicide controls, mowing techniques, and seeding are all subjects talked about when forsythia shrubs are coming into bloom. It is important to remember at this time of year that crabgrass is a summer annual that has been growing in the landscape all season long.

Large, healthy, and potentially troublesome plants are lurking in planting beds, under shrubs, along foundations and almost anywhere where an open spot of soil existed. With the onset of cooler, shorter days these plants enter their reproductive stage and a single plant can produce up to 150,000 seeds!

Luckily, the coarse, bright green arching foliage of this grass makes it easy to find and easy to pull.  Now is the time for crabgrass patrol for crabgrass control.