How to Prevent Crabgrass

Five Things You Can Do


Crabgrass is a pesky, grass-like weed that is invasive and resilient. It might be the same color as your lawn, but it doesn’t quite fit in because the blades spike out in different directions. To prevent crabgrass and other weeds, your first step should be to take excellent care of your grass.

How to Prevent Crabgrass

Water Well

Crabgrass thrives in warm, dry conditions. Watering your lawn too lightly over the summer can also leave your grasses’ deeper roots dry while watering the shallower roots of weeds like crabgrass only. The best way to combat a potential watering problem is to water for longer, less frequently.

Reseed patchy spots

Grass roots go deep into the ground and take up a lot of space, so by taking away those empty spots on your lawn, crabgrass doesn’t have the opportunity to thrive.

Aerate Your Soil

Soil compaction keeps air and water from reaching the deeper levels of soil where grass roots grow, so that only plants like weeds—which tend to grow nearer to the surface—can thrive. Aerating the soil and reseeding your lawn combats the crabgrass-friendly conditions caused by soil compaction.

Check Your Lawn’s pH Level

If your soil’s pH level is too high or too low, your grass is not getting the nutrients it needs to be strong enough to crowd out weeds like crabgrass. To balance the pH level, your soil may also need applications of lime.

Work with Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape

We’re dedicated to making your lawn the healthiest and most beautiful it’s ever been. Call us today at 765-771-9998 to prevent crabgrass from taking over your lawn this summer.