getting rid of odd bits of rye grass from my lawn

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by cyoxall, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. cyoxall

    cyoxall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    hi all

    Im a total newbie to lawn care, up until 3 years ago I had never had a lawn and its took me a few years of learning from my mistakes to have a very nice looking lawn.

    My problem is my lawn looks great when i cut it but after a day or 2 I start to get a different type of grass emerging in random parts of my lawn. People are telling me its Rye grass (Its a very thick blade of grass, around 3 or 4mm in thickness and has a very thick stem in some places which I have to pull out). The rest of my lawn is very thin blades of grass and looks great, but this thicker type of grass looks unsightly when it pops out over the rest.

    Is there a way of getting rid of this different type of grass that pops up in little spots without digging it out and re-seeding the patches? I use evergreen weed and feed every now and again which is great for the weeds and other bits and bobs that pop up but I dont seem to be able to rid myself of these thicker blades :(

    The only thing I can think of is digging squares out a couple of inches deep, putting new soil down and then re-seeding it but I dont like to do that if I can help it. I dont know if there is a chemical anyone can recommend (which is readily available to purchase in the UK) which will kill off only the thicker blades, can anyone help please?

  2. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    If it is thick bladed its not rye,more likely tall fescue.

    If it is just in small spots the best thing to do is kill the small areas and reseed.No need to dig up or anything that's just making more work than necessary.

    Not really any other way to eliminate it if it isnt a weed just a different type of grass.
  3. cyoxall

    cyoxall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    thanks for the quick reply.

    what do you recommend to kill it? I imagine I have to be carefull what i use as I need the new seed to germinate in the soil that has whatever chemical in it I use to kill the previous grass

  4. cyoxall

    cyoxall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

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