What grass is this? Thin, very wiry, intense clumps.

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Scott99999, May 24, 2010.

  1. Scott99999

    Scott99999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Hi guys,

    I've been trying to identify a grass and can't find it anywhere in pictures or descriptions. I'm sorry - but I don't have an immediate picture available. Hopefully this description will ring a bell.

    - Northeast / NY (but not necessarily native)
    - Forms intense clumps about the size of your fist.
    - Very short
    - **Very** thin blades, almost like stiff threads or thin wires, but hundreds of them. You could thread one through the eye of a needle.
    - Very intense / matted root network - dethatching is difficult, and pulls the whole clump.
    - When it browns, there's lots of thatch.

    We've had it grow under some tall oak trees. It was green this spring, then it died and formed brown clumps. I could just pull each up with a dethatching rake, but generally, the whole clump comes with it and the root network is a matted mess of tangled, thin roots that are impossible to pull up.

    I thought it might be a form of fine fescue, but it doesn't look like anything I've seen in pictures.

    About a 20x15 area of the side of our house is all of this type of grass, and it's mixed in elsewhere - I'm tempted to yank it all up since it's already dying back.
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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