What Is Crabgrass?

Long, thick, and tall, crabgrass (digitaria genus) is in the grass family, but grows in a thicker and less attractive pattern outward from a central point in your lawn. Other common names for this weed include:

  • Finger Grass
  • Fonio
  • Large Crabgrass
  • Smooth Crabgrass
  • Hair Crabgrass

There are other weeds similar to crabgrass, including:

  • Canary Grass
  • Dallisgrass
  • Cupgrass
  • Foxtail
  • Knotgrass
  • Lovegrasses

Signs of Crabgrass

Crabgrass is a type of grass, but unlike lawn grass, crab grass has an unattractive and mangled appearance. Crabgrass grows fast and tall, sprouting large patches above your current lawn. Because of its thicker and larger appearance, crabgrass is easily noticeable and takes away from the beauty of lawns. This is why crabgrass is considered a weed rather than the grass you’d like to see in your landscape.

Crabgrass Prevention

Crabgrass is more a symptom of poor lawn development rather than its own weed. It is an annual plant, which means that each year it needs to replant itself and grow all over again. Therefore, if you can maintain a healthy lawn—through the use of aeration, seeding, fertilizer, and healthy watering/cutting—crabgrass is unlikely to take root and will not come back the following year.

However, if your lawn is weak, or the following year you are unable to seed and fertilize your lawn quickly enough, the crabgrass may replant itself and grow.

Luckily, once crabgrass control starts, this weed can be stopped with the right treatment and combination of solutions.

To keep crabgrass out of your yard, contact Cardinal Lawns today. We provide thorough lawn care and unparalleled expertise to help your property look its best.

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