Crabgrass, or Digitaria, can almost always be found in parks, lawns and even streets of areas with warmer climates. This weed is incredibly persistent and can overcome most of the home improvement store brand weed killers.
Even with pre and post emergent applications these weeds can invade your lawn if you mow your lawn with infected blades. A neighbor’s side discharge landing in your yard can also be the culprit for these pests popping up. The best way to limit the spread of this painfully common weed is to combine 3 methods of weed removal.
The Rule of 3! • Pull – Get some gardening gloves and a kneeling/garden pillow and start pulling the biggest patches. If you have harder soil, you may need a hand shovel. • Bag – Don’t mulch or use side discharge for at least 3 mows. Bag up all the clippings so no more issues can take root in your grass. • Spray – If you can, get a professional to spray professional grade weed control. If not, get the highest concentration of store brand weed control to spray the lawn after a cut. Be sure to read the effects it will have on pets and little ones.
Tip: The percentage of active weed control is shown on the back of each bottle. The most expensive weed control is not necessarily the best!
The Spring and Summertime are seasons of swimming, blue skies and STICKER WEEDS or Soliva pterosperma! Oh, how we loathe them! But how can we spot them to handle them before they end up in our pet’s fur, stuck to our gardening gloves and stuck on our little ones feet?
How to Spot It! Here are 3 main ways:
1. It starts forming in cold months and comes in clusters 2. Its leaves are bright green, at first, and star shaped 3. Each stem has several leaves that have the potential to grow into full-blown stickers
Tip: If they get to the full-blown prickly phase, several applications of commercial grade weed killer will only partially help. A preemergent herbicide applied in the winter is the best way to prevent these bad boys.
Here are some more sources for facts on common burweeds: