Barnyardgrass, Bindweed, Crabgrass (large & smooth), Clover, Dandelion, Daisy, Dollarweed, Foxtail, Kikuyugrass, Signalgrass, Speedwell, Torpedograss, and others
The homeowner brands of preemergents found is Scotts brands are not as good or last as long as commercial brands of preemergents.
Available Crabgrass Herbicides
Answer to Killing Crabgrass
After It Starts
It uses Quinclorac as its active ingredient. Look for several products with that active ingredient if Drive is not available where you live.
If you don’t already know, the good thing is that crabgrass is an annual plant and dies at the end of each year in the fall. It slows down as temperatures cool and is killed at the first heavy frost. If you can wait, getting rid of crabgrass will be done for you, but that doesn’t sound like the direction you want to go. But keep in mind that crabgrass must start from seed the following spring. In your part of the country that would be about mid to late March.
Facts on Pre-emergent Herbicides
Products like Barricade and Dimension are two brands that will give year long protection, but it also depends on the percentage of the chemical in the bag. Anything over .300 of barricade will last season long in most cases. There are other commercial brands as well that may be available to homeowners. If you have a landscape supply store that sell to the public, this is your best chance for finding the best products.
Ortho WeedClear contains 3 post-emergent herbicides as active ingredients. The first 2 are 2,4-D and Dicamba, which attack broadleaf weeds growing in the grass. The third active ingredient is Quinclorac, which kills crabgrass and sedge grass.
Our number one choice for a herbicide that kills all types of weeds but won’t harm Bermuda grass is Ortho WeedClear.
Alternative Herbicides for Bermuda Grass
If you live in a region where Bermuda grass remains green year-round, do not use Roundup or Ortho GroundClear. These products can only be applied to dormant grass.
Bioadvanced Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer does have a different formulation than Ortho WeedClear. It contains lower levels of 2,4-D and higher levels of Quinclorac, so it may perform better against crabgrass and sedge, but be less effective at killing broadleaf annual and perennial weeds.
If you want to attack all species of weeds and grasses in your dormant lawn but don’t want to use a glyphosate-based product, Ortho GroundClear is a perfect substitute for Roundup.