View Full Version : Grass Weed ID

07-19-2012, 12:40 PM
Guys, One of my customers has a home that is next to an empty lot and on the side of the house next to the empty lot in a small section, they have a grassy weed (I'm thinking either orchardgrass or some sort of blue stem). The lawn is hybrid bermuda (tif 419). The home was neglected for about 3 years because the builder couldn't sell it so by the time the homeowner purchased it, the lawn was in bad shape. I took over the lawn early spring of last year and I have gotten all of the weeds knocked out (with the exception of this weed) and the bermuda back in good shape. Overall the yard looks much much better with the exception of a small 10x10 section on the side of the house didn't make it. I'm going to try selling her on re-sodding the area next time I see her because the bermuda is too sparse in this area and will be very bare when this weed is gone. She does have some of this weed in some good sections of the turf. If there is no selective herbicide control available, I think I'm just going to dig it out if needed.

I have looked through UGA's grassy weed identification site and I'm stumped.

My next option is to send it off to the extension office, but I wanted to get some input from you guys on here.

Here are some pictures:

This was taken just after it was mowed. It grows in clumps/crowns:

Here's a piece I pulled to show the stem base


Here is a more mature plant from the empty lot next door. The lot hasn't been mowed in about 2-3 months:

Here's the bad area that I'm going to try to sell her on a re-sod:

07-19-2012, 02:56 PM
looks like broomsedge to me. might be windmill grass.

07-19-2012, 03:03 PM
looks like broomsedge to me. might be windmill grass.

I thought about broomsedge, the only thing holding me back was that I don't see the yellow/brown "broom-like" stalks on the mature plants in the empty lot next to it.

fireman gus
07-19-2012, 07:18 PM
Could it be Goosegrass?

07-19-2012, 07:56 PM
looks similar to jungle rice

07-20-2012, 09:40 AM
my money is on Broomsedge. It's not going to turn orange/brown until late Fall - Winter. We have fields of that stuff around here.





07-20-2012, 10:33 AM
I think you're right. Now that I think about it more, I remember seeing the orange/brown stuff back in the winter time. The subdivision used to be a cow pasture.

Ugh...looks like the only remedy is either dig it up or spray it with Glyphosate. I have been reading articles and herbicide labels the last 30 minutes sine you posted (sitting at the dmv right now getting my driver's license renewed) and I don't see any selectives that will kill it.
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