One question we often get is: “What is crabgrass?” With the word “grass” as the root, it might sound like any other type of grass that can make up your lawn. Unfortunately, crabgrass is not the type of grass you’d be proud to have all over your lawn. It’s actually a weed.
What Is Crabgrass?
You may also know this weed as crowfoot grass, watergrass, or summer grass. Before we labeled it as a pesky weed, crabgrass wasn’t always a foe. In fact, it was an important part of some community’s diets thousands of years ago. Here’s how you can identify it:
- Color: Crabgrass is usually a darker green than your normal grass blades.
- Height: If you leave crabgrass alone, it can grow to be 2′ tall! Luckily, it likely won’t reach that height in your lawn.
- Blades: Blades are wide and sprout off in different directions, which is a common way to tell it’s different than the rest of your lawn.
- Location: This weed is often found in your turf, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. It’s able to thrive in all sorts of locations, so you might even find it inbetween cracks in your walkway.
- Timing: Crabgrass is most common during the summer.
Weeds of all types don’t like competition, so the best way to get rid of them is actually to make your lawn healthier. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Water well
- Reseed patchy spots
- Mow regularly while leaving grass high
- Aerate your soil
- Maintain a healthy pH level
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