Is this Crabgrass? How do I kill it?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by dwclapp, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. dwclapp

    dwclapp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Is this Crabgrass? How do I get rid of it?

    It's winter (mid-January) here in Houston, Texas and my lawn is mostly brown and dormant except for patches of a green broadleaf weed. Is this crabgrass? How do I get rid of it. It's an abandoned, foreclosed home that I purchased with a very neglected yard. I've used Scotts Lawn Pro Super Bonus S Weed And Feed each spring for 3 years, but still have this problem.





  2. richardcog

    richardcog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    It looks like crabgrass but could be Dallas grass I have a hard time telling which is which unless it is tall and I see the seeds on it
  3. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    It is not Dallis Grass. Not sure if it is crab grass either. Hard to tell but professionals have access to things home owners do not. First I would try a Certainty as a pro cause it is a good grassy weed killer. Very expensive but very effective on a wide range of grassy weeds.

    Get a good local weed control expert.
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    The way it looks it may be some rough version of fescue
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  5. dwclapp

    dwclapp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Can I just kill this stuff with Roundup and let the "good" grass replace it this spring? As you can see from the pictures, it's mostly isolated clumps of weeds amongst otherwise "good" grass. Any suggestions to encourage the "good" grass to fill in the holes after I Roundup the weeds (if you think that's a good, low cost solution)?

    STEVE'S RI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    looks like crabgrass. In the north east I use a chemical called Quincept to get rid of crabgrass without killing all other grass. Works perfectly as intended.
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Here is where I would think RU is the perfect solution becuz it transfers ONLY from the leaves and does not absorb from the roots... dormant leaves should not absorb RU... but we still have noi absolute verification on that...

    If you spary with RU, let us know in the Spring whether all the adjacent grasses came back , unaffected... :)
  8. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    The Bermuda may not be completely dormant in your area. I suggest taking a shovel and cutting the soil and runnings around this weed before you do it. It will minimize the collateral damages.

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