What type of grass is this

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Date Photo Taken: June 8, 2012
Location: Buford, GA
Posted By: jim30518

Notes:

I believe it is some type of crabgrass, but what is its name? It is annual and it reseeds every year.

It is not the normal crabgrass as it actually looks lush and thick.

It also grows in places where I have not and could not grow grass before. Good ground cover.

COMMENTS

  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    It does look like large or southern crabgrass. I’ve seen ole timers in W.Georgia grow lush crabgrass lawns in the late spring and through summer. They would overseed with rye in the fall and maintain a great looking lawn almost year round. So, it’s not unusual to see lush crabgrass. There is a variety called blanket crabgrass that is also referred to as dwarf crabrass. It’s leaves are much shorter and it does cover like a blanket. My question is what conditions is it growing in that would not support other grass?

    June 11th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  2. bdchesho Flower Fanatic says:

    Yes it is one of the annual crabgrass species (genus Digitaria). It will grow anywhere and does provide Summer erosion control. The tiny seeds were once commonly harvested as a grain and are still harvested today in some parts of Africa. Most of us consider it an invasive annual that is prevented by timely application of pre-emergents in Spring. It will die completely in the Winter, but it reseeds vigorously and will emerge next Spring. It sounds like you want it to grow so encourage it like you would any other grass. The growth habit may be species differentiation, or it may just be the level of available nutrients in the soil. If you fertilize crabgrass it will grow like crazy, lush thick and difficult to mow.

    June 12th, 2012 at 8:55 am

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