Please tell me this is not crabgrass, or a weed.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by I6pwr, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. I6pwr

    I6pwr LawnSite Member
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    We moved in here about 5 years ago, being on a well, the lawn doesn't get alot of water but the roots seem to be established...I water occasionally when I have to.

    I re-seeded the back yard 2 years ago with Rebel Turf I believe, neglected the lawn last year....(blame the 1YO) and this year i'm back on top..I think.

    I don't know what all the species of grass are, but it's filling in way too quick and being a blend...I don't know what this "Turf" style grass is supposed to look like, but the blades are a bit too wide for my liking.

    Here's some pics before I mow, tried to get as much detail as possible but you can see the wide blades dominating the surrounding grass.

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  2. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sure looks like crabgrass to me! WHen it goes to seed you will know for sure.
     
  3. I6pwr

    I6pwr LawnSite Member
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    I want to overseed this fall so what's my best course of action?

    Wait till fall or when it's cool? Would I just be able to use a crabgrass killer a few times then overseed or will this harm the fresh seedlings?

    Needless to say....I want it gone. :help:
     
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can tell you its not crabgrass all you want, but it is...

    sorry for the bad news....

    in the summer time around here the fescue slows down and the weeds start to show a bit better since there is not as competition for light, food, ect...

    I would definitely think about getting on an aggressive fert/overseed plan for the fall. I do three ferts in the fall and one in the spring on campus. and I do my aeration/overseed in September...
     
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok, its not crabgrass or a weed.

    Ok, it really is crabgrass. You can treat now or wait a few months for it to go away on its own...the best way to avoid crabgrass is to prevent it.
     
  6. meth

    meth LawnSite Member
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    def crabgrass - I am battiling it myself now as well
     
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Its been bad this season, that and nut sedge.
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  8. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you wait too long and the CG goes to seed you will have just about the same issues next year
    I have been told that one crab grass plant can make close to 1,000,000 seeds if they are left to themselves
     
  9. I6pwr

    I6pwr LawnSite Member
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    Sure is green though ;)

    So my lush green lawn will have to be brown again....oh well.

    I have a Trac-Vac so I could cut short and get pretty much everything up, is this advised?

    What are the better products to put down? As for the agressive re-seed/fert, let me know what to do.

    I confess........I can't grow grass well :hammerhead:

    Prolly just not enough time...kids take it all.
     
  10. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
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    You need to pull out any dead crabgrass too because it contains a natural growth inhibitor for other plants. Hit the crabgrass with herbicide and when dead rake it up. Then quickly replant desirable grass there. Here in Florida most lawns are a low grade turf like st augustine that looks a lot like crabgrass. Crabgrass is therefore surprisingly common. I have to be very careful because a friend has horses and the property is almost 100% crabgrass. When I give him a hand and use my Bobcat the seeds get stuck to the tires. Where I clean the machine off crabgrass likes to sprout and grow. Fortunately shade and the bobcat kills it before it can spread.
     

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