While the drop in temperature may come with its negatives, there is one plus that you may have anticipated since springtime – the end of this notorious weed.  If you know how to get rid of crabgrass successfully, you may have managed a weed-free summer – but for many – removing crabgrass entirely can be tricky. If you haven’t already tried to remove crabgrass, you may be (understandably) waiting for nature to take its course. But how much longer do you need to wait?  You may be comforted to hear that the wait is neatly over, and your crabgrass should start to die in only a small number of weeks from now. Here’s everything you need to know to get back to a lawn that’s green and lush.

When does crabgrass die?

Crabgrass is an annual weed that thrives in a hot climate over late spring and early summer. Therefore, frost the most effective way to kill this weed to ensure it stays away for the rest of the year. ‘Depending on where you live, this may occur sometime between October and November,’ says Josh Tesolin, the co-founder of Rustic Wise. (opens in new tab) Melody Estes, a Landscape Design Gardening Supervisor from The Project Girl (opens in new tab) emphasizes that crabgrass grows well in the spring and summer before dying back in the fall. However, the best time to control crabgrass is when it’s actively growing and during late summer when the grass begins to die. Therefore, the best time to act is now. 

What time of year is best to kill crabgrass?

‘It’s important to remember that crabgrass is a perennial, which means it will grow back year after year. The best way to prevent it from coming back is to prevent new seedlings from sprouting,’ Melody says.  ‘The best way to keep crabgrass in check is to ensure you maintain healthy turfgrass,’ Josh emphasizes. If you know when to plant grass seed, you may be aware that early fall offers the best climate for cool-season seed. But you can also use this time in late summer and early fall to discourage crabgrass from growing on your lawn, too. Here are some of the best ways to keep it at bay.