Grassy Weed – Blanket Crabgrass

(Digitaria serotina)

Blanket Crabgrass – also referred to as Dwarf Crabgrass – is an annual grassy weed. Preferring moist to wet soils, Digitaria serotina is frequently found in pastures, disturbed areas, lawns and other low, wet places. In the United States, Blanket Crabgrass is commonly found in southeastern coastal states.

Identifying Blanket Crabgrass -

Blanket Crabgrass can be identified as a mat forming annual with creeping stolons. Its leaves are crowded on the creeping stems, and its blades are very short (only about 1” long). Blanket crabgrass has hairy sheaths and hairy leaf blades, distinguishing it from other forms of Crabgrass.

Blanket Crabgrass reproduces by seed and stolons and can become a year-round weed in climates without heavy frost.

Blanket Crabgrass Control -

Its relatively low, mat forming growth habits make Blanket Crabgrass difficult to control and nearly impossible to remove when relying only on cultural weed control practices such as hand pulling as well as proper watering and mowing. In certain areas, professionally applied selective weed controls are the best method for removal.

Blanket Crabgrass

Scotts LawnService recommends selective pre-emergent weed treatments to fight Blanket Crabgrass in your lawn and landscaping.

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