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Oh, I did something stupid. Crabgrass seedlings in my bed help!

Posted by hbwright z7bSC (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 30, 12 at 5:21

I just moved into a new to me home that had one area of overgrown weedy landscape. I meticulously pulled all the weed which really wasn't that hard to do, but didn't spray any premergent before direct sowing a ton of flower seeds. Now, all the flower seeds are germinating beautifully along with all the crabgrass seedlings that I stirred up!!! Help, what do I do? Is there a selective herbicide that will not kill my flower seedlings?

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RE: Oh, I did something stupid. Crabgrass seedlings in my bed he

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 30, 12 at 14:03

I can't think of a selective herbicide that I would trust for seedlings. There may be a couple on the market you might feel confident using around established mature plants but I would hesitate even then.

A preemergent wouldn't have helped you, it would have prohibited germination of your flower seeds too and not just the crab grass. I think your best choice is going to be to pull the grass seedlings, and when your plants have reached a better size, mulch between and around them to cover any more existing weed seeds.

It's called weeding, we all do it :) But don't despair, this first year of reclaiming a weedy area that had been let go will be the worst, if you keep up with the weeding (let none go long enough they produce and disperse seed) -you'll find you have less and less as seasons pass.

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