Burnett: Natural methods to curb crab grass

Healthy, thick grass is still best weapon against this suffocating weed.

It’s crab grass season again as this insidious annual weed shows up in our lawns as a low lying flat bladed grass with purple seed heads.

Without the traditional chemical weed controls available to use, it can be quite difficult to control. However, here are a few tips that may help.

You will notice crab grass only grows in the hot sunny parts of the lawn and usually it grows best where the lawn is weak.

It only competes well if it is able to find open ground so the best way to keep it at bay is to keep your good turf grass healthy and thick.

A large infestation of crab grass should be removed physically before the seed matures then be re-seeded with a good turf grass.

In the growing season, don’t cut the grass too short as this will encourage germination of crab grass. There have been some favourable results using corn gluten meal in spring if the directions are followed closely.

As with any weed problem, it is very important to keep on top of crab grass before it takes over and becomes very difficult to manage.


My upcoming session on  “putting the garden to bed” is chock full of information that will protect your investment from winter damage and get the most out of your garden in the fall.

This gardening workshop includes information on planting bulbs, winterization of roses and perennials, fabulous fall colour ideas as well as lawn care.

Spring is just around the corner as what you do in the garden this fall has a huge effect on the health of your garden next year.

This session will be held at the Mission Activity Centre on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m..

Then on Oct. 22, I will present a seminar on house plant care. I actually call it my “top 10 ways to kill a house plant.”

I figure if you can learn how to kill them, you will be much better at keeping them alive and healthy.

Nothing brings life into the home better than the lush foliage of house plants, yet more often than not we see plants that are dead or dying.

I can help you make sure this doesn’t happen to your plants.

A few key points will enable you to have a beautiful jungle-like environment in your home.

This session takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Okanagan Mission Activity Centre.


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