crab·​grass | \ ˈkrab-ˌgras How to pronounce crabgrass (audio) \

Definition of crabgrass

: a grass (especially Digitaria sanguinalis) that has creeping or decumbent stems which root freely at the nodes and that is often a pest in turf or cultivated lands

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There are many different types of weeds that can spoil a lush, green lawn: crabgrass, dandelions, white clover, quack grass, wood sorrel, bindweed, broad-leaf plantain, cinquefoil and creeping charley to name a few. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 As fact-checkers at Snopes, Jezebel and KnowYourMeme websites confirmed, the #EndFathersDay meme appears to be a lame joke that some troll created on 4chan in 2014, only to be discredited and reborn annually like crabgrass. Clarence Page,, "Is Father’s Day obsolete? Don’t let the trolls fool you.," 14 June 2019 This type of weed controller is formulated to prevent weed seeds from germinating, which will greatly reduce the number of crabgrass, dandelions and other weeds. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 Quicker-growing crabgrass will have a harder time outcompeting the rest of your lawn. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Crabgrass Once and for All," 25 June 2018 Quicker-growing crabgrass will have a harder time outcompeting the rest of your lawn. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "Rid Your Yard Of Crabgrass Without Using Harmful Weed Killers," 7 Apr. 2017 Eliminate established crabgrass and resod to prevent seed germination. 22. Tom Maccubbin,, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 2018 Prune roses and apply crabgrass pre-emergent treatment to lawn when forsythia blooms. idahostatesman, "A gardening to do list for March and April | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 If grassburs and crabgrass have been hallmarks of your lawn in past summers, prevent them by applying Team, Dimension or Halts granules now. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Spring has sprung, if the plants are any indication. Here, what needs to be done now | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crabgrass

1743, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crabgrass

US : a thick type of grass that often grows and spreads quickly in places where it is not wanted


crab·​grass | \ ˈkrab-ˌgras How to pronounce crabgrass (audio) \

Kids Definition of crabgrass

: a weedy grass with coarse stems that root at the joints

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