04:33AM | 08/22/03
Member Since: 01/29/03
9 lifetime posts
I need some help!! I bought a house back in January and the owner before us did not take very good care of the lawn. In the backyard I planted some new seed and it came up pretty good but now the crab crass has just completly taken over in the back and most of the front lawn. What can I do to get rid of it? I have Scotts crabgrass preventer but it says not to seed until about 4 months after I put it down. I want to reseed in the fall because there are a lot of thin spots in the lawn, but I don't want to do it until I can get the crabgrass under control. I just hope I won't have dig up both yards and start over. Any help would be appreciated!!


10:43AM | 08/22/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Go ahead and reseed, but understand that the best time to attack crab grass is in the spring, before it comes up, with a pre-emergence fertilizer. It's a safe bet that you won't be able to solve your crab grass problem in one year. But reseeding now with perhaps a little top-dressing if necessary will start new grass which can continue to fill in next spring when the crab grass is having difficulty because of the pre-emergence. Broad-leaf weed killer in the late spring or early summer and a regular schedule of fertilizing, watering when necessary, mowing and attention will eventually produce the lawn you might hope for. But it will take time. None of this happens overnight, and usually not in one season.

And remember, stop paying attention to it for even a half a season, and you'll be amazed how fast the weeds come right back. A manicured lawn with no weeds and no crab grass is a hole in the ground into which we throw money. But, like lemmings, we all do it. Go figure.


05:41AM | 08/23/03
Member Since: 01/29/03
9 lifetime posts
Thanks for the advice!! Yeah it's going to take some time, especially when the lawn wasn't taken care of for so long. I'll give it a shot!!
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