My fescue lawn that is largely dormant right now because of the heat, but dallisgrass is thriving and driving me crazy. I started pulling out by hand the tall seed pod stalks before mowing my yard, hoping to somewhat limit its ability to spread. Here's an image of what I'm pulling up:
(Note: I originally identified this as crab grass, but upon adding this photo, I realized that I'm mostly dealing with dallisgrass, not crab grass. I do have a small section of lawn that has some crab grass in it, but that plant is spread closer to the ground and has a Y-shaped seed stalk).
I understand its seeds primarily germinate in the spring time during cooler temperatures, so I wonder if I am just wasting my time by pulling out the seed pods? Am I just being overly cautious, and doing this is no more effective than applying a pre-emergent treatment next spring? Thank you!