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#91414 September 11th, 2006 at 09:33 AM
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I put weed 'n' feed on the lawn to fertilize and get rid of the weeds. It greened up the lawn and killed all the weeds, but I still have crab grass. I went through the entire lawn and pulled up all the crab grass that I could see. Unfortunately, I still have it in patches in the lawn. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to get rid of it? I'm desperate!

#91415 September 11th, 2006 at 08:57 PM
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Justabloomer, I just used "weed and Feed" three weeks ago and got the same results. mad Apparently, the preemergent herbicides in "weed and Feed" are not strong enough to kill crabgrass mad and now it's too late to use a preemergent since it needs to be applied early in the spring. :rolleyes:

#91416 September 12th, 2006 at 03:16 AM
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There are no pre-emergents in weed and feed guys. The so-called "weed and feeds", which are garbage IMO are fertilizers combined with post-emergents.

Apply a good pre-emergent like Dimension in April/May and again in July next year and spot treat with a post-emergent labeled for control of crab and other annual grassy weeds. Pulling the plants that have gone to seed THIS year goes a long way in controlling next year's problem.

#91417 September 12th, 2006 at 08:54 AM
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I have been waging war with crab grass for 2 years... mad

I used the weed and feed, or feed and weed...or whatever it's called...and all it did was FEED the crab grass. :rolleyes:

#91418 September 12th, 2006 at 09:15 AM
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I never had it in Indiana it is ramped here. I am so sick of pulling that crap. It is the only weed I get in my flower beds now. It creeps its way right over the rocks and them just keeps leaching in to the beds. The lawn looks find I don't see it there. I treat it at the beginning of the year with a weed and feed. I just cannot figure out how to keep this stuff outta my beds.

#91419 September 12th, 2006 at 10:41 AM
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Thanks everyone. I will be sure to use a pre-emergent next spring and I guess until that time, I'll "enjoy" my very green crab grass! LOL

Very important lesson learned: don't use weed and feed for crab grass until AFTER using a pre-emergent. :-) I'll remember that!

#91420 September 12th, 2006 at 11:30 AM
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Okay, I've been researching ways to get rid of the Bermuda grass in my yard, and I've discovered that Corn Gluten Meal is supposed to have preemergence weed control properties according to Iowa State researchers. It is an all natural and organic weed and feed for your lawns and gardens and continued use will control the emergence of Bermuda grass, Crabgrass and Dandelions, thumbup along with some other undesirables. Apparently, there is something called Safe Lawn which comes from a distributor in Park Ridge, Illinois, so I'm going to try to check this out sometime this week so I can find out more about it, because I'm especially impressed with the "all natural and organic" part. wink Boy, if this really works I can finally get rid of three of the biggest problems in my yard. clp In the meantime, I'm still digging out and destroying all the Bermuda grass and Crabgrass that I can manage, but sometimes it feels like I'm picking needles out of a haystack. eek Right now, it looks like the "weed and Feed" took care of all the Dandelions! clp

#91421 March 6th, 2007 at 02:06 AM
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With crab grass I pour boiling water over it , when it dies I dig it up making sure to get all the way to the tap root and get it all out . I add soil and compost and reseed . It looks unsightly for a few days but then the grass seed takes and it does good . The corn gluten does work if it is put out before the seeds germinate , once they do forget that . I prefer all natural and NO synthetic chemicals to get rid of the problems . You can use that for the dandelions too . Also to keep the dandelions from spreading pull the flowers off before they set seeds that blow in the wind .

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#91423 March 13th, 2007 at 02:32 AM
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Actually, I prefer the Agralawn Crabgrass Killer because it is an organic way of controlling crabgrass clp and I don't like putting a lot of chemicals on my lawn. frown

#91424 March 16th, 2007 at 09:40 PM
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I have it bad in my lawn and all over my plants. I talked to the extension office - they told me to start treating with round up as soon as it greens and to also treat the entire lawn with crab grass killer as soon as the forsythia(sp?) blooms. He said it would take awhile because there are tons of seeds. I have been out there pulling it up for 2 days straight and barely put a dent it in - I can't believe the roots on it.

#91425 March 17th, 2007 at 05:24 AM
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Crystal, you really have to stay on top of it wink because once Crabgrss gets going it's very hard to keep it under control. eek It just spreads and spreads and it looks horrible! frown I hate it! mad

#91426 March 17th, 2007 at 07:34 AM
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I was also told that if you leave your grass atleast 3-4 inches that the sun can't get to the dirt and the crab grass can't germinate. My husband likes to scalp out lawn. I don't him this year it's my way because I am the one that has to deal with the stuff taking over the flowers. Since I now know what the stuff is I hope to control it a lot better than the last three years.

#91427 March 17th, 2007 at 07:55 AM
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Well, I've never had it get in my flowers, but I have concrete edging around most of my beds where I had Crabgrass growing. wink The only problems I ever had with grass in my beds was the Bermuda grass eek because the roots grow right under any kind of edging you put down. eek mad

#91428 March 17th, 2007 at 08:05 AM
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The stuff here will grow over and under anything. It even grew down into my pond when I was out of commission after I had the baby. Check these pictures out - they are horrible...

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It took over my entire pond mad

#91429 March 17th, 2007 at 11:58 PM
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Wow, eek shk eek Chrystal, it looks like you really do have your work cut out for you. :rolleyes: Good luck! wink

#91430 March 18th, 2007 at 10:44 AM
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See why I have to weed with a shovel mad

#91431 March 18th, 2007 at 06:23 PM
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I sure can!!! eek :rolleyes: laugh laugh laugh


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