Asked on Apr 26, 2013

How to kill Crabgrass in lawn

Phyllis WSherrieNonnie


Would like a home made receipe for killing crabgrass in the lawn. Something without salt in it as that kills everything and keeps grass from growing back for a long time.
8 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 27, 2013

    I understand the appeal of a home remedy, but I seriously doubt there is a home-made selective herbicide, and selective is what you want, since you don't want to be killing your lawn along with your crabgrass. Too, it's important to consider what kind of grass you have, because some things that are safe for one type of lawn will doom another. That's why I prefer a labeled product that has been tested for its both its effectiveness and its safe usage.

  • Sherrie
    on Apr 28, 2013

    15 minutes a day I go outside and pull up crab grass. I know it's seems overwhelming but in 15 minutes I can pull up a ton of it. I have a stake that I painted a bright color and put it in the ground where I stopped. I know this sounds silly but it's the only way I have been able to really get rid of it. I have tried other things.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Apr 28, 2013

    @Sherrie , weeding is a my stress relief! I love pulling weeds. :) I like the idea of marking the area with the bright colored stake, I bet it gives you a great sense of accomplishment to move that stake!

  • Gail Salminen
    on Apr 28, 2013

    @Nonnie I agree with @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) . I had a ton of it in the bckyard along the walkways and on the front boulevard. Did the weeding, gardening of any kind tends to clear my mind, then reseeded with grass seed when I was done. None has come back. But I am sure it will sprout again sometime. In our neck of the woods it is an annual and is killed off by the cold temps in the winter. Just got back from Floriday where the front and back lawn was a crab-like grass - verry thick and looked great there.

  • Sherrie
    on Apr 28, 2013

    It does relieve a lot of stress. And I would rather be outside any day than be stuck inside! Besides its truly the only way to get rid of it. I had someone tell me that a few years ago when my yard was just covered, so even if I have only 15 minutes I get out there and do it.

  • Nonnie
    on Apr 29, 2013

    Yes to everyone I know about pulling and removing crabgrass. I moved here two years ago and it was much worse and I did pull it all out but here is the problem. I'm 75 years old and have had heart failure in Oct (plus AFIB), have diatetes plus other problems. I'm having hernia surgery on Tuesday and so I was looking for a natural way to rid myself of the crabgrass. I appreciate everyones help by telling me to pull it out. I have the pre-emergence chemical and intend to use it later in the season. I plan on buying Wipeout with Crabgrass Control when I can get back out there. I was just thinking maybe somewhere out there was someone with a clever idea. Salt kills the soil but I was thinking of using the hot water and vinegar spray for three days. I've known about Sherrie's idea, probably since before she was born, but I'm just not able to do that anymore.

  • Sherrie
    on Apr 29, 2013

    Corn Gluten Meal Corn gluten meal is a non-toxic pre-emergent herbicide. To kill crabgrass naturally, apply the CGM in early spring, before crabgrass begins to germinate. The CGM prevents the germination of crabgrass, but doesn't hurt the existing turf. In fact, CGM acts as a nitrogen-based fertilizer, helping your lawn get green for spring. Vinegar Household vinegar you get at the grocery store is only 5% strength, so while it can work as an organic weed-killer, the best to use is vinegar at 20% strength, which is sold in farm supply and other specialty stores. While you must be careful to not let it in contact with your skin as the high concentration can burn, it is 100% safe, natural and organic to use on your lawn. Simply spray the vinegar on the clumps of crabgrass to kill it and remove it once it's dead. The one caveat to this method is that the vinegar will kill your natural lawn and other plants as well, so spray it carefully or only on areas that contain crabgrass. You will also need to bulk up the soil with nutrients once you kill it to grow regular grass or other plants, as it changes the pH level of the soil. Baking Soda Many people swear by this simple, yet effective method. To kill crabgrass without chemicals, simply sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda on your crabgrass. To do this, you can sprinkle it right out of the box, but for the light dusting you want to achieve, an easier method is to use a sifter or even a sock filled with baking soda. Dust only the crabgrass, and in 24 to 48 hours, your crabgrass should turn brown or black and die. Simply pull it out and spread grass turf seed on the bare patches. Here is a couple of links to naturally killing it below.!/entry/6-natural-weed-control-solutions-for-your-lawn-vegetable-garden,516d811bd7fc7b5670b3756c/2 These are 2 really great links. My Grandfather is the one who taught me about pulling crabgrass and weeds. I made money as a child by doing this for for neighbors it paid for my dance lessons.

  • Phyllis W
    on May 16, 2013

    There is somethin relaxing about pulling weed. Get yourself comfortable and have fun. Great time for 'free floating thinking'.

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