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Wheat Straw has grown wheat in new lawn, need advice.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Albemarle Lawn, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Last fall we renovated a lawn, front yard and back yard.

    This year either wheat is growing in the fescue and it is very unsightly as it jumps 2-3 times as fast and as tall as the regular grass.

    I know it came in the straw, because the back yard got straw and the front did not. No wheat growth or any rogue growth in the front yard.

    Will it die off as a result of regular cutting or do I need to go to herbicides, and if so which product.

  2. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    yes, it will die off in early june. Wheat is a crop that lives its life cycle and then it is done.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    NOT you......but that is why I always laugh when I see folks covering with wheat straw, esp the cheap stuff and then wonder where all the junk in the new grass came from.

    It might die out but more than likely you will have to treat it.
  5. mowingmachine

    mowingmachine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Just like what wanabe said. It will be dead by the end of June. Wheat won't come back like grass. It will be some tough mowing until you can get rid of it. It will probably do a good job of filling your deck up as well. I have mowed lawns that were seeded with oats and it is very tough to mow.

  6. big koch

    big koch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    "It might die out but more than likely you will have to treat it." -MMLawn

    Where in the world did you get that idea? Aren't you the one on here always blasting young guys and start-ups to go get their licenses and stop wasting your time with their questions? Better for them to ask questions than for you to give out advice such as this. To treat this lawn because of wheat alone would be an unnecessary and irresponsible application of chemicals. Obviously you've grown up in the city and turfgrass/ornamentals is the only experience you have with agriculture. NO, the wheat will not need treated and YES it will die eventually.
  7. Geezer

    Geezer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Regular mowing at 3-4 inches will take care of it. It cannot grow at that height as it's cousin fescue can.

    MMLawn, what did you plan on treating the wheat with, a glyphosate product or a selective? If a selective, what product would you select ??
  8. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Correct answer, The wheat will be gone with regular cutting. Do Not spray. :waving:
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Most of the time after the 1st cut wheat will start to die off, it isnt designed to be mowed
  10. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
    from S>C>
    Messages: 399

    Alittle time will or should take care of it

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