Dry summer heat helping crabgrass thrive

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Crabragrass is not attractive and it grows pretty big. It loves the heat, can grow up to 8 to 12 inches wide, and stays low to the ground.

After such a dry spring, there was nearly no moisture left in the ground. And with the recent heat wave the conditions are perfect for this weed to grow.

Gary Courchesne of G&H Landscaping told 22News “It’s the perfect storm. Dry conditions, inactive product, and warm summer, just enough moisture to get this crab grass growing and now were seeing the result of it.”

Their advice for dealing with the crabgrass: Let the grass run its course. Do not pull the crabgrass out from the ground, no matter how big it gets. This won’t accomplish anything, and it will just grow back.

This was the largest crabgrass outbreak in a long time, and the changing of the seasons will help; crabgrass will die off at the first frost.

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