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Killing crabcrass to the curb

The rules of crabgrass control are really very simple. Do nothing, and your lawn stands the chance of being overrun by this clumpy, coarse-textured, all-around unsightly weed. Take preventative action, on the other hand, and crabgrass can be kept in check.
Every lawn has crabgrass seeds in the soil, and these seeds are more likely to grow when turf doesn’t receive adequate care. Regular fertilization, proper mowing, good watering practices, and insect and disease control will all help to maintain a thick lawn that is less likely to be marred by crabgrass.

For even better control, pre-emergent herbicides can be applied to you lawn. As their name suggests, pre-emergent herbicides stop crabgrass plants from emerging by inhibiting seed germination in the soil. To get the best results from pre-emergent, proper application, timing and follow-up care are essential. Pre-emergent should be on the lawn before crabgrass seeds begin germinating.Yearly applications are needed for ongoing control.Slightly heavier applications along sidewalks, driveways and streets are helpful, since these areas are more susceptible to crabgrass infestation.Applications should be watered in within five to seven days if there’s no rainfall.Heavy raking, dethatching or any other mechanical disruption of,the soil is not recommended after pre-emergent have been put down, since this will break up the control zone.
While it’s true that crabgrass is a formidable and very persistent pest, it can be managed successfully. A proactive combination of good lawn care practices and pre-emergent applications is the key.

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PLEASE NOTE: Pre-emergent herbicides will stop desirable grass seeds from growing as will. If you want to reseed you lawn, you should wait six to eight weeks after pre-emergent have been applied.


Mowing is the most universal cultural practice for home lawns. Mowing involves periodically cutting off the upper portion of grass leaves. By doing so, a formal, tidy, very pleasing carpet-like appearance is created.
Other beneficial aspects of mowing include:

  • Mowing encourages the lateral growth of grass plants for a more dense grass stand.
  • Mowing suppresses numerous potential weedy plants that cannot tolerate regular mowing.
Mowing Height

Each grass species has a recommended cutting height. The following table shows the recommended cutting height for each of the major lawn grasses.

Kentucky Bluegrass 2.5 - 3.0 
Tall Fescue 2.0 - 3.0
Zoysiagrass 1.0 - 1.5

When setting the cutting height on a lawn mower, be sure that the mowing deck will cut evenly front to back and side to side. Check the mower on a hard and level surface such as a driveway. Measure the height of cut from the blade to the pavement. Also check the height of the cut grass after mowing to confirm the mower is set properly. In some situations the cutting height may not correspond to the setting on the driveway because the wheels can sink into the lawn and lower the height of cut. Check the pressure of inflatable mower tires as this may also have an effect on cutting height.

Establishment and Care of Zoysiagrass Lawns | University of Missouri Extension

G6706 Establishment and Care of Zoysiagrass Lawns | University of Missouri Extension

Healthy Lawn Care Practices

Tips for a Healthy Lawn

General steps to turfgrass establishment

  1. Obtain a soil fertility test and fertilizer recommendations.
  2. Rough grade.
  3. Apply lime if needed.
  4. Apply fertilizer as recommended by soil test.
  5. Apply organic amendments if needed.
  6. Till materials listed above into top 4 to 6 inches of soil.
  7. Perform finish grading.
  8. Apply starter fertilizer, and work it into top inch of soil.
  9. Apply seed.
  10. Rake or drag to cover seed lightly.
  11. Roll lightly.
  12. Mulch.
  13. Water.
  14. Mow.
  15. Control weeds.

General steps to turfgrass renovation

  1. Control existing vegetation that you don’t want. If you use a selective broadleaf herbicide (2,4-D, dicamba or mecoprop), wait one month before the next step. Proceed after seven days following total vegetation control with Roundup herbicide and five days with Finale.
  2. Set your mower as low as possible, scalp off all existing vegetation, and rake clean.
  3. Prepare surface with power rake, verticutter or core aerifier. Skip steps 4, 6 and 7 if you use slit-seeding equipment, which places seed directly into the soil.
  4. Rake loosened thatch and existing debris.
  5. Add fertilizer.
  6. Make a final pass to create open channels for seed collection.
  7. Apply seed in two directions.
  8. Lightly rake seed into soil surface.
  9. Water frequently until established.