I finished a pool project this spring and had two dump truck loads of screened topsoil delivered, graded, and seeded. Covered the area with straw and watered daily until it germinated. Problem is the entire area is now crabgrass! I'm on one acre in Myersville surrounded by farms and usually have no problems from airborne contaminants. The rest of my yard is green, thick, and weed free. What can I do to get my yard back, and what type of seed do you recommend?
Frederick County Maryland
Hit the crabgrass area with glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup and other products), wait the length of time indicated on the label and reseed as directed in our lawn renovation publication. Tall fescue will be the best type of seed to use.
Here are links to some publications that may be helpful:
- Lawn Establishment, Renovation, and Overseeding
- Guide to Controlling Weeds in Cool Season Turf
- Recommended Turfgrass Cultivars for Certified Sod Production and Seed Mixtures in Maryland
Next spring be sure to use a crabgrass pre-emergent.