Weed #2..... please help me identify this, and how do I get rid of it?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by True Colors, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. True Colors

    True Colors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    This lawn is common bermuda.

    There is a weed that looks somewhat similar to crabgrass. But I do not think that it is crabgrass. It is darker than the crabgrass in the yard, and also, it does not have the same crown shape at the base that crabgrass does.

    I have included three pictures for you -- one far away shot, one medium distance, and one close up.

    What is this, and how do I get rid of it?

    Thanks! :)

    far away picture
    (notice the dark green stuff in the middle of the bermuda)



  2. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    I guess Alexandergrass.
    Posted via Mobile Device
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,800

    I suspect crabgrass. Look for a three or four-fingered seedhead. Look for a dark maroon color to the seed heads in the fall as the temps come down below 70. Perhaps the long dry spell acted like a winter dormancy. I have seen clover, oxalis and other weeds blooming in the fall when they would normally bloom in spring.

  4. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Looks like crabgrass, possibly smooth crabgrass to me. You can tell if it is by looking for some red at the base of the stems (most will have this).
  5. True Colors

    True Colors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I think that you guys are correct. I did a google search for smooth crabgrass and the information that I saw is similar to the stuff in the yard.

    FYI..... I hit it with some Scotts weed killer with crabgrass control. It smoked it really hard. I will post some updated pics in a few days.

    Thanks for the help!

  6. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,257

    This is large smooth crabgrass. Sends out growth sometime up to two (2') feet. Generally Drive is the go to for it but on the bermuda, read the label to be sure.
  7. True Colors

    True Colors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21


    I hit the smooth crabgrass with Ortho Weed Be Gone w/ crabgrass control

    In less than a week, it smoked the crabgrass really, REALLY hard.

    But fortunately, it did not harm my bermuda at all :)

    Here are some updated pics, just in case anyone else ever has this same problem and wants some info


    medium distance

    close distance
  8. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,857

    That's interesting. Good results with ortho huh?
  9. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,988

    got the crabgrass, but also appears to have toasted the bermuda as well. what were the temps and rate that you applied?

Share This Page