Is Crabgrass Removal Really Necessary?

Before we get to crabgrass removal, homeowners need to know that crabgrass is a weed. It lies atop the ground and spreads out in a circular manner. It has a vine-like appearance with the blades lying flat. Crabgrass germinates in spring and dies in autumn. It is capable of generating 150,000 seeds so the next spring it can lie around. Due to children and animals playing on the lawn, using chemicals for crabgrass removal is unwise. Here are some ideas for natural prevention and weed removal.

Healthy Soil

Crabgrass is a symptom, not an illness. Soil that is healthy absorbs water, enables the grass to have a strong root system and uses worms and other natural organisms to best advantage. When soil is not at peak health through the use of chemicals, cutting grass too closely or not considering the pH balance, crabgrass and other weeds proliferate. They are the product of unhealthy soil. Getting soil to peak good health allows the grass to grow lush and thick, which will choke out weeds. This is the most natural method of crabgrass removal.


Preventing the seeds from germination is another method of natural weed control. In the fall, seed the lawn rather more heavily than usual. Fertilize and water the new seed thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry out. Dry soil is death to crabgrass. In the spring, the lush thick grass will not give the weed seeds room to grow. Seed areas where crabgrass grew thickly so the weeds can�t take root in spring.


Set the blades of the mower higher than usual, at least 3 to 4 inches for the first couple cuts of the season. The grass will be higher, which will shade the area. The crabgrass seeds won�t have room or light to grow. These simple preventive measures will eliminate crabgrass before it gets started.

Corn Gluten Meal

CGM may be obtained from any hardware or garden store or professional lawn services. A natural fertilizer, corn gluten meal kills crabgrass, but not the lawn. Use in spring to deter the weed from gaining a foothold.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Some homeowners have had good results from using baking soda and white vinegar. Simply sprinkle the baking soda straight from the box onto the clumps of crabgrass. In a couple days, the weed will be dead. Pull it up, apply grass seed to the spots and watch your lawn grow beautiful. Vinegar needs to be applied sparingly or it will kill your grass. Pour directly onto the clump of weeds, then when it dies, reseed and fertilize. These natural methods of crabgrass removal are in everyone�s kitchens and don�t cost much.


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