Redstevo
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Need help identifying this Southern US weed

Hi guys, I have a Georgia bermuda lawn, and for the past year or two I've had a lot of trouble with this type of plant in my backyard. The plant grows in bunches, and is exceedingly hard to wipe out or even contain. I first thought it was a type of sedge, but I've tried two different sedge compounds as per instructions without success...I was hoping to know if you have any tips for me? I realize that I made the mistake of mowing my lawn too short over the past year and won't repeat that mistake, but in the meantime I'm hoping to control this plant.
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catgrass
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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

I have this in my yard, too, but can't think of the name offhand. Try searching the Scott's website-they have a section for weed identity.
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ButterflyLady29
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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

Looks like what we call clump grass or orchard grass. The more you let it grow, the bigger it gets. Grass B Gone will get rid of it but it might take a couple months. Spray it once, wait a month, spray again. Much as I hate using ---cides that stuff is near impossible to eliminate without an herbicide.

Redstevo
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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

I got the grass b gone and will try it. By the way I don't know if this helps but in the summer it has little spiky balls not sure if that is unique to this species though

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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

I think it is a type of fescue. It is a common grass that can invade lawns and usually appears in the cool season in the South.

Roundup should work. Add a little sulfate of ammonia about a tsp to a quart water + the specified amount of roundup. the nitrate will help the roundup be absorbed by the leaves of the weed. I also put a wetter sticker in the container to help get the roundup to stick to the leaf. It can still take a few day to a week for the plant to show any signs of dying and it may have to be applied more than once especially if the roots are deep.
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Redstevo
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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

Unfortunately Grass B Gone didn't do anything at all, perhaps slight yellowing, but nothing else with two separate applications. I may just have to till up the affected area and re-seed the lawn, I feel as if I've run out of options

One hopeful note is that I've cleared out a bunch of nearby overgrowth that was causing this portion of the yard to be more shaded, maybe more direct sunlight will allow better drainage here and discourage whatever this is.

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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

since it is a clumping grass, can't you dig it out? Otherwise round up.
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ButterflyLady29
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Re: Need help identifying this Southern US weed

Yes, sounds like a job for round-up. Although a flame weeder would eliminate it but don't use that if you've got a lot of mulch or organic material in the area. You don't want to end up flaming your whole yard.

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