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Crabgrass: What It Is, What It Looks Like & How to Remove It! The arrival of springtime means budding flowers, blossoming trees, and green grass. Unfortunately, with this abundance of new growth comes sprouting weeds as well. Crabgrass in particular is a weed which continues to frustrate homeowners year after year. However, by knowing how a weed grows and a few tips on natural prevention, you'll know how to get rid of crabgrass without chemicals. What Is Crabgrass? Crabgrass is an annual weed whose seeds germinate during spring and summer. Crabgrass germination occurs when soil temps reach 55°- 65°F at a 3" depth for 5 consecutive days. Un-germinated seeds can wait in the soil for up to thirty years before sprouting! Given the fact a single crabgrass plant can produce 150,000 seeds during the growing season, it's easy to see why controlling it is difficult. Why Do I Have So Much Crabgrass? Crabgrass favors sandy, compacted soil where the grass is in a weakened, thinned condition. Bare, thin lawns allow sunlight to directly hit the soil, which is an ideal condition for crabgrass germination. In addition, weeds like crabgrass like it when your lawn ha