A Case of the Crabbies!
Have you ever come across some of that icky green that is so nasty, just one look at it can make your whole face go funky. You know the stuff I’m talking about…
OOOOOO, You So NAAAAASTY!
Sorry to anyone who thought I was actually referring to reefer. The grass I’m talking about is the stuff that pops up in your yard every spring and can be a real pain to get rid of. (Hmmm, I wonder why they call it CRAB-grass) There are chemicals you can use in the Spring, but they can be costly and have to be timed just right or they’re useless. Once it starts growing, other chemicals are available but they don’t always do the trick. So what’s left? Well, don’t go drown your frustrations with a bunch of munchies just yet. There is a simple and all natural way to get rid of these little nasties, choke them to death!
Let your Bermuda do the deed.
If you look closely at Bermuda grass, it has little horizontally growing lines called runners. (These are the things that you often see growing down peoples’ curbs when they don’t edge.) This is how Bermuda spreads and it’s also how Bermuda grass kills off the competition. So how do you use those runners to do your dirty work? Step 1: After a good rain or an ample watering, when the ground is soft, grab the nasty grass down by the root base.
Be sure to gather up all of the branches of the crabgrass you are pulling on in your hand and, if you can, get your fingers just below the top soil for a good grip. Step 2: Once you have it, twist and pull, being sure to get the roots out.
Once the area is clear, the Bermuda runners will spread through the area and any weed roots that are left will be choked out by the runners as they steal the nutrients and strangle the roots. The perfect murder!
A little tip: After you have removed the unwanted’s, keep your yard trimmed short. This will allow the ground to get hot and Bermuda grass grows best when the ground is 80 degrees and up.