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The only natural pre-emergent I know of is Corn Gluten Meal. But you can do a lot by fertilizing heavier in the late spring, or early summer before crabgrass sprouts. This will get the lawn thicker and more aggressive, which can help crowd out weeds. Keep the grass high too. Read our article "All About Crabgrass" in our seasonal tips section, for other tips.

Any suggestions on a pre emergent for weeds?

Thank you for this. People...please educate yourself on potential harmful effects before adding something new to your environment.


It is a tricky subject. I'll email you directly.

Looking for help to eliminate bentgrass. Any suggestions?

Is this safe for children and dogs who play in the yard?
How long is the wait time if not?
Thanks for the great post!

Do you know how to get rid of chicweed?

My backyard has lots of creeping Charlie and I've not found anything to rid it besides pulling by hand. Will def have to give this a try.

Thank you for the information on controling ground ivy, I will give it a try. However, in additon to ground ivy being in my grass I also have several areas of clover. I have tried weed killer, but it just leaves bare spots in my lawn where the clover was growing. Is there any method of killing the clover other than the use of weed killer? Thank you!

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