Do you have a problem with crabgrass? If so, you’re not alone. Crabgrass is one of the most annoying problems that you can find on your lawn. Below are the steps that you can take to organically kill crabgrass and help your yard stay crabgrass free.
8 Steps to Organically Kill Crabgrass
- Soak Your Soil – Use your garden hose or a sprinkler to water your problem area. Then wait around half an hour so that the water has soaked in.
- Pull the Crabgrass Out = Using a weeding tool or pitchfork, remove the young crabgrass as soon as it’s large enough that you can remove everything, including the roots. If the patch is large, it might take some time. If your lawn is wet enough, however, you might pull some clumps free by gathering its leaves inside your hand using steady pressure and pulling upward.
- Add Some Compost – Next, add some organic compost to that area. Work your soil so it’s incorporated thoroughly.
- Seed the Area Using Turfgrass Seed – Seed your area using grass seed. Then cover that area with weed-free straw. This is going to maintain the moisture and also protect your seeds from getting eaten by pests and birds.
- Keep Your Soil Moist – The area should be watered a few times each day, based on your moisture conditions. Be sure your soil’s moist until your seeds sprout.
- Start Deep Watering – Once your grass is tall enough so it can be mown, begin irrigating your lawn less frequently and more deeply. Crabgrass is very shallow-rooted. If you’re watering very frequently and only for a short amount of time, it’s going to thrive.
- Mow Your New Grass – So that your new grass is maintained, mow the grass high. You should leave your grass at a height of anywhere from 2.5 – 3 inches. This is going to let the grass protect itself, and the crabgrass won’t have the light necessary.
- Weed As Necessary – During the season, you should pull any crabgrass that remains and that is sprouting up. When next year rolls around, you shouldn’t have anymore.
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