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Old 03-31-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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the vine looking deal .

part II: if bad, how can i get a handle on it ?
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Looks like crabgrass. If so you have to use a non-selective killer like roundup and then replace any good grass that gets killed along with it. If it gets a strong hold it will take over and choke off the grass.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Yep. I'd agree that's crabgrass.

Don't waste your money on the roundup though. Where there's crabgrass and no existing cover, you're doomed. Don't even bother.
I can see how much was growing there from last season.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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Read, learn, get to work...
What Does Crabgrass Look Like?
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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Crabgrass is a nightmare to get rid of. There are special poisons just for crabgrass that doesn't kill regular grass, but I never had much luck with it. Every spring I do apply crabgrass preventer, twice in different directions, but I still end up with patches. And it spreads so quickly, too. In addition I spend hours all summer long just pulling the stuff up by hand. Between them and moles I'm at my wit's end.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:38 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Crabgrass is a nightmare to get rid of. There are special poisons just for crabgrass that doesn't kill regular grass, but I never had much luck with it. Every spring I do apply crabgrass preventer, twice in different directions, but I still end up with patches. And it spreads so quickly, too. In addition I spend hours all summer long just pulling the stuff up by hand. Between them and moles I'm at my wit's end.
Well you could start phasing out your lawn altogether. It starts by creating wooded areas and shade and using an alternative ground cover such as mulch. Crabgrass doesn't like the shade. But it does love sunny, poorly drained areas with little competition.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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Crabgrass is a nightmare to get rid of. There are special poisons just for crabgrass that doesn't kill regular grass, but I never had much luck with it. Every spring I do apply crabgrass preventer, twice in different directions, but I still end up with patches. And it spreads so quickly, too. In addition I spend hours all summer long just pulling the stuff up by hand. Between them and moles I'm at my wit's end.
It's a killer to take care of.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Crab grass is easy to get rid of (well relatively). It is an annual and thus comes back from seed every year, at least where there is cold winter weather. So, to get rid of it you need something like the active ingredient in Scotts Halts or Preen, but it must be applied just when the ground warms up enough for the crabgrass seed to germinate. Usually that is about 50F for a day or two. The active ingredient hericide binds to the soil, too, so it does not stay active very long, and you may need to use more than one application. Check with your turf care professional (sound so snazzy). Also, do not use on a brand new lawn as it will kill the good grass seedlings as well. Wait until the next year.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Until summer before last, I had a yard almost completely made up of crabgrass. It was terrible! I wound up using a pronged "claw" to rip out all the crabgrass. It took weeks of daily work to rip it all out. I then reseeded my entire yard, covered it with that green biodegradable stuff, and kept it well-watered until I had baby grass, which I nutured until fall.

In the fall, I overseeded the entire lawn.

Last spring, I put out a pre-emergent (even though I am fairly anti-chemical). I had a few patches of crabgrass pop up in the summer, but I ripped them out. There really weren't that many patches.

It was a lot of work and quite expensive to "fix" my yard and rid it of crabgrass, but it does seem to be working. It is still too early to tell if I will have crabgrass this year, but I am hoping that my thick, healthy lawn will prevent much crabgrass from emerging. If it does come up, I'll rip it out again.


Good luck. Crabgrass is a total pain in the neck, but it isn't impossible to eradicate.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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the vine looking deal .

part II: if bad, how can i get a handle on it ?
You are joking right?

Thats St Augustine GRASS.

I'll assume you are/were in the drought area and it died. All the "vines" are how the grass spreads. Rake up the dead stuff (yeh - it will rake up easily or with a little tug) and either re-sod or replace with Bermuda grass

http://www.american-lawns.com/grasses/augustine.html
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