Tearing up crabgrass...good idea?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ericds, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. ericds

    ericds LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 5

    I was watching one of those home shows this past weekend and they focused on crabgrass. I live in CT and with the cold weather the roots of the crabgrass are nearly dead and very shallow. This home show said that one way to get rid of the crabgrass is to tear up the crabgrass and roots. I assume that I'd then plant new grass seeds.

    Has anyone every heard of this before? Is this a good idea? Thanks so much for your help.
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    At this time of the year, it won't help. Crabgrass has already released it's seed for next years plants. If you do it before they set seed, then you may have some success, but it would be awful time consuming in an area of heavy infestation.
     
  3. DieselDeere

    DieselDeere LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 411

    What would be the ideal time to remove it?
     
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    You don't. It is an annual. The plants you see now are not going to be around next year, but their seed will be. That is where a pre-em comes into play. I'd also consider post em control such as Acclaim, but as far as pulling plants, it is too time consuming for me.
     
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    This time of the year , it pulls out real easy. Plus its easy to identify-usually purple. I'd re-seed after pulling and like Grassmechanic said, use a Preemergent next year.
     
  6. DieselDeere

    DieselDeere LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 411

    What is a Preemergent?
     
  7. CT John

    CT John LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    A preemergent weed control. Such as Dimension. They stop the weed seed from germinating.
     
  8. DieselDeere

    DieselDeere LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 411

    Dimension, I've never heard of that, can you get it without a license?
     
  9. CT John

    CT John LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I was wondering the same thing. I know HD sells a combination Lesco product fertilizer w/ dimension, but I would like to buy it seperately. Can one of the pros answer this?
     
  10. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    You can go to a Lesco store and pick up Dimesion. Go to http://www.lesco.com and click on the Store Locator.
     

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