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Is this a weed? How do i treat this?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by drive, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. drive

    drive LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hello, I'm from the Cleveland Ohio area. I planted my lawn in the first week of March using Scott's premium sun and shade mix and starter fertilizer. It came in nicely except for a few small bare spots. We recently had a drought over the last couple months and I came out ok without many brown spots. I have not used any fertilizer since the starter because i was afraid of “burning” my new lawn. I now have a patches of grass that look odd and wide. Is this a weed? How do i treat this? Also, what kind of fertilizer should I be using now?


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  2. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I was told that taller thicker stuff is a different type of grass. This was from pure green. My neighbor and I both have it and it looks like a weed to me compared to the other grass.
  3. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Thats crabgrass you have there. At this time of year you can almost ignore it if you want, it will start to die off with the first good frost. If you want to to kill it now, that may be a little tough, it looks to have a pretty good start. There are a few chemicals labeled to treat it at this stage, but I don't think I'd use them on a new lawn. Check with a local supplier you trust and see what they say. You can treat your lawn next spring with a crabgrass pre emergent and that should control your problem.
  4. drive

    drive LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    What about fertilizer? Do you recommend any right now?
  5. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Provided you've had some rain and the temperatures are somewhat cooler - I'm assuming you've had pretty much the same kind of summer that we had in Erie this year. You shouldn't fertilize if your grass is still dormant. I'm going to be fertilizing my own lawn within the next week or so, we've just started to get enough rain that the lawns have gone from brown to green.

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