Crabgrass is a common weed in our Dallas lawns and can be very invasive.
Crabgrass is a common weed in our Dallas lawns. Crabgrass grows very close to the ground in a spidery, clumping manner. The stems extend out much like the legs of a crab, and is a lighter green than your typical lawn color. Crabgrass begins from seed dropped from the previous spring and summer. Crabgrass germinates when soil temperatures reach 55°F, so it can germinate in the fall and early spring. You'll usually notice crabgrass in May/June.
Crabgrass grows well in weakened lawns and will further weaken the turf around it. Sunny locations in weakened condition with sandier soil are prime for crabrass infestation. Areas damaged by insects, disease or along sidewalks and driveways are places that can easily be be overcome by crabgrass.