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Getting Rid of Crabgrass

by Rob Harris
Crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) ruins the otherwise smooth look of your lawn with its long, spindly blades. Its persistence and ability to spread quickly make crabgrass hard to control, but you can get rid of it. The most effective way is to kill the seeds before they have a chance to break ground, altho...
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    Homemade Crabgrass Killer: Select an old sock or nylon; pour baking soda into it. The amount you need depends on the size of the patch. More is not necessarily better; you just want enough to coat the leaves. Prepare the weeds by misting with a garden hose. Lean over the crabgrass and tap the baking soda out of the sock. Strike it with your hand and let the dust settle on the leaves. Coat the entire patch and wait a day or two. The crabgrass should turn black and die.

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