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Wild Grasses

Seeing wild grasses or other invasive vegetation encroaching on your yard is frustrating. You’ve put in endless hours of work planting and tending to your lawn and the last thing you want is to battle unwanted weeds. Lawngevity’s licensed technicians are trained to tackle wild grass without damaging the rest of your yard, ensuring you can enjoy your space without unsightly dead spots in the lawn. Don’t waste your time with topical treatments that don’t get to the root of the problem! The next time you walk through your front or backyard, keep your eyes peeled for any of the following wild and/or annual grass weeds. If you come across any, give us a call so we can help with our professional vegetation control services.
  • Tall Fescue
Fescue is often used as an ornamental grass, but when it begins invading your lawn it can be an aggressive weed. Tall Fescue is a cool-season perennial, and is heat-tolerant which means it will return year after year unless treated. Tall Fescue can be identified by its rolled (verses folded) blades, and its tendency to grow in clumps.
  • Quackgrass
This perennial grass is also known as couch grass, and has flat, hairy blades and spiky flowers. Often used to help reduce erosion, it is also beneficial for mammals that graze. However, left unchecked, it can spread rapidly on your property.
  • Velvet Grass
Also known as Yorkshire Fog, Velvet Grass is aptly named for its soft, hairy texture. Featuring velvety, grey-green leaves, and round stems, you’ll also notice pink veins that set it apart from other wild grasses.
  • Orchardgrass
Also known at Cat Grass, Orchardgrass is another common, cool-season perennial that can overtake your lawn. Green-grey in color, it grows tufted tops that can range in color from green to red or purple depending on sunlight. Flattened bases of its stems help distinguish it from other wild grass.
  • Bentgrass
Creeping bentgrass is ideal for use as short turfs, such as in golf courses. It can withstand being mowed short, and its name is due to its bent roots that allow for lateral propagation. Bentgrass is typically dark green and has horizontal blades that can quickly overrun residential lawns if not remedied.

Annual Grass Weeds

  • Barnyard Grass
Your lawn is the perfect habitat for Barnyard Grass, which prefers nutrient-rich soil. As an annual, it may be easier to eradicate than other grass weeds. You can identify it by its purple-hued blades, which are flat with a vein down the middle.
  • Crabgrass
Although crabgrass has a one-year life cycle, it can produce up to 150,000 seeds to encourage rapid propagation. Once a patch of crabgrass dies in the fall, it leaves behind a bare patch in your lawn, which provides an ideal area for seeds to germinate for the next season.
  • Foxtail
With spiky clusters, Foxtail can be especially troublesome for homeowners with pets. Look for barbs at the ends of the blades to identify this annual grass weed. Those tips are designed to be easily disturbed by people and wildlife for propagation.