Grassy weeds in your lawn are the most difficult pests to identify and control. For the average homeowner, telling them apart is near impossible, and getting rid of weeds like crabgrass is usually an even harder task. Here we will talk about some common lawn killing weeds in the northeast and what you can do to control them.
The most problematic of all lawn weeds, crabgrass can be more easily identified than other grassy weeds. Crabgrass is an annual weed, which spreads from last year’s seeds. It can be identified by its purplish-red stems near the soil, and its finger-like projections that give it its name. To control this weed you must use an aggressive pre-emergent plan that should include half-applications in Fall and then again in Spring.
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Goosegrass is another summer annual that will emerge around the same time as Crabgrass. The difference in appearance will be that it only grows in tufts, bunches with a single tap root, and has bleached stems that are often flattened to the ground. Seedheads will resemble a zipper-like pattern and gives it an easy way to make an identification. Goosegrass needs to be treated like crabgrass, with an aggressive pre-emergent strategy and proper watering. Very dry and compacted soil is preferable to this weed, so keeping your soil in a healthy condition can help deter Goosegrass growth.
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It is almost amazing how common this weed is in lawns, yet how overlooked it can be. Nutsedge can blend well with preferable grasses because of its upright growth and tendency to only grow in clusters of 3. Nutsedge is a perennial weed, which means it regrows from roots yearly. Blades are much wider than regular grass and have a lighter color. When it flowers Nutsedge can be easily noticed by its yellow spikelets. Most products the control Crabgrass will be labeled for Nutsedge as well. The difference with this weed is that it enjoys wet, sandy soils. So while making cultural practice changes for Crabgrass and Goosegrass, be careful not to overshoot the other way.
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