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Video:Types of Preemergent Herbicides That Kill Crabgrass

with Paul Filice

Nip crabgrass in the bud by preventing this weed from even growing. Learn about the different types of pre-emergent herbicides you can use to stop crabgrass from growing in your lawn.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Preemergent Herbicides That Kill Crabgrass

Hi, I'm Paul Filice, President of Miner's ACE Hardware, here today on behalf of About.com to talk to you about pre-emergent herbicides for crabgrass prevention.

What is a Pre-Emergent Herbicide

First, I'd like to start by telling you what a pre-emergent is. Pre-emergent means before the plant emerges from the soil, or before it seeds. What a pre-emergent does is it puts down a barrier across the soil to prevent crabgrass from seeding; you're stopping it in its tracks, before it gets started. As opposed to a post-emergent herbicide, which acts after the plant has already seeded.

Preventing Crabgrass from Growing

A few things to consider when dealing with crabgrass and pre-emergents is when to use them. Obviously, you want to use them before the crabgrass emerges. Typically, this is in very early Spring. There are several ways to put this on your lawn including shake-by-hand, use of a spreader, or a common garden hose.

Finding a Pre-Emergent Herbicide for Your Yard Size

One thing to consider when selecting a pre-emergent herbicide for crabgrass control is how large of an area are you trying to deal with. If you have a large yard, a walk-behind spreader or hand spreader, and use of a common weed and feed (found at your local hardware store) is probably the best option.

If you have a relatively small area, a ready-to-use hose hook-up form is probably better. With these pre-emergent herbicides, your existing plants and lawn shouldn't be affected. In fact, some of them, such as weed and feed, are good for your lawn. Those are the basics for pre-emergent herbicides and crabgrass.

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