Broomsedge Control

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Keith's Pro Tips

"For best control, make sure to treat broomsedge early and often. Well-timed early-season applications provide the most consistent weed control and will do the most to discourage the weed from developing a resistance. If you are patient and persistent in managing the pasture correctly, broomsedge will most likely disappear."

Broomsedge Control: How To Get Rid of Broomsedge

This page is a general DIY guide for controlling broomsedge. Using the products and methods suggested you get control of broomsedge. Follow this DIY article and use the recommended products, and we guarantee 100% control of broomsedge.

Broomsedge, also called beard-grass, broombeard, broombeard grass, broomsedge bluestem, broomstraw, common broomsedge, poverty grass, sedge grass, virginia beardgrass, whiskey grass, wolf grass, or yellowsedge bluestem is a perennial native weed. Despite its name, Broomsedge is not actually a sedge, rather, it’s a grass. When mature, it is brown and dry compared to bluish-green when young. Its name comes from the fact that in the past when broomsedge reached it’s reproductive stage, it produced a golden stem that was often cut, bound and used as a broom.

This weed thrives in grazed areas that have not been given enough care and maintenance. This allows Broomsedge to quickly take over because grazing animals tend to avoid the grassy weed. On pastures, broomsedge is known by the nickname "poverty grass" because it's of low-quality and lack of nutritional value.

Livestock hate to eat it. Where ever broomsedge has been established, grazing animals turn their attention to the more desired vegetation in the area and after depleting those sources, broomsedge is left to thrive and survive in the environment.

Our DIY Broomsedge treatment guide will show you exactly how to best get rid broomsedge from your property. Follow the step-by-step instructions below using the recommended herbicides to the right and you're guaranteed a successful removal of broomsedge.

Identification

Before proceeding with a treatment program, you will need to be certain that you are dealing with a broomsedge infestation. Careless identification can lead you to using the wrong treatment methods which can be a waste of time and money. Below are the following characteristics to know what broomsedge looks like.

  • Broomsedge is a perennial grass that has a clumping habit and has multiple stems emerging from one basal crown.
  • Depending on the species, the leaf blades are 4-6 mm wide and 4-24 inches long, rough, flat, and narrow.  
  • Young or early growth starts off as green and erect, but soon turns a golden orange and slowly becomes less erect. 
  • Grows from 2 to 4 feet in height and has inflorescenes ranging from reddish brown to copper colored arranged in a clump pattern that looks like a broom.

Use the description and the image above to confirm whether you are dealing with broomsedge. If you’re unsure or can’t quite determine exactly which kind of weed you are encountering in your yard, contact us and we will help ID the weed for you. 

Inspection

Once confirmed that you are dealing with broomsedge, you can then move on to inspection. During this phase, you will locate areas where broomsedge is thriving and observe the conditions that are allowing it to thrive. This information will help you in knowing where to focus your herbicide application.

Where to Inspect

Broomsedge prefers to grow in dry open spaces exposed to full sun and soil containing clay, sand, gravel, or rocky material. 

Common sites for broomsedge to grow in are priaries, railroads, pastures, meadows, abandoned sandy fields, parks, mined land, and barren waste areas. It may also grow in other open spaces with disturbed soil from past wildfires or grazing. 

What To Look For

During the spring, broomsedge will emerge in dense clumps that range from light to medium green in coloration. From the late summer to fall, these linear foliages will become a rich orange to reddish-cropper with flowering spikes. 

Treatment

After identifying broomsedge and inspecting where it is most active in your property, you can begin to treat your area. Be sure to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) before handling or applying any type of product.

Broomsedge is best removed manually but if you have a large infestation you may not have the time or the energy to be pulling or cutting down all of them. This is when chemical control would be best.

We recommend using a non-selective herbicide such as Quali-Pro Glyphosate Plus Herbicide mixed with SFM Extra Pre-Emergent Herbicide to control broomsedge. 

Be careful when making applications so you don't get the chemical on your desired foliage as any non-selective herbicides will kill all vegetation it comes into contact with. 

Step 1: Measure and Mix

Quali-Pro Glyphosate Plus Herbicide is a contact kill herbicide that will eliminate any weed it comes into contact with including broomsedge. Formulated with the active ingredient glyphosate 41.0%, this non-selective product will control weeds without leaving behind a residual in treated areas. 

SFM Extra Pre-Emergent Herbicide is a pre and post-emergent herbicide that will control broadleaf and grassy weeds within unimproved industrial turf, roadsides, and other non-crop sites. Do not use this product on lawns, walks, driveways, tennis courts, or similiar areas. 

Determine how much product to use by measuring the square footage of the treatment area. To do this, measure the length and width of the treatment area in feet then multiply them together (length X width = square footage). For acreage, take the square footage and divide it by one acre (square footage / 43,560 sq. ft. = acres).

To get rid of broomsedge in noncrop and industrial sites, use 1 to 2 quarts of Quali-Pro Glyphosate Plus Herbicide with 2 to 4 oz. of SFM Extra Pre-Emergent Herbicide per 10 to 40 gallons of water per acre. 

Mix and apply this product with a backpack sprayer or spray rig.

To mix, pour in the half the amount of water then add the proper amounts of herbicides together at the same time, then pour in the remaining half of water.

For backpack sprayers close the lid and agitate until solution is mixed. Larger application tools would be best stirred separately in a mixing tank or allowed to circulate long enough for the solution to mix. 

Step 2: Apply Non-Selective Herbicides 

Once mixing is complete, you will need to spray the top and bottom of weeds until wet, but not to the point of runoff. 

Be sure to make applications on days with warmer temperatures and clear skies as extremely cool or cloudy weather may slow the effects of these products. 

Visible effects of broomsedge death may not be seen until 7 days or more have passed after application of Quali-Pro Glyphosate Plus Herbicide and SFM Extra Pre-Emergent Herbicide. 

These effects can be seen as a gradual wilting and yellowing of the plant which advances to complete browning of above-ground growth and deterioration of underground plant parts. 

Prevention

Mow grass

Once broomsedge has been eliminated from your property, you will need to implement some preventative measures which will ensure that this weed does not return.

  • A lush and healthy turf is less prone to invasion by the broomsedge plant. Broomsedge grows best in poor soil and disperses an allelopathic chemical that keeps wanted plants from growing. Properly fertilize your landscape at the best time recommended for your particular grass.
  • Mow your grass regularly and at the right height. Broomsedge thrives on sunlight so keeping a lush turf shades out weed seeds which hinders the growth of the weed. Reseed thin patches of turf as an effective means of broomsedge control.
  • Adjust irrigation to avoid over-watering as this can lead to conditions for weakened turf leading to easier growth of broomsedge. Water with no more than 1 inch of irrigation once per week. 

Key Takeaways

What is Broomsedge?

  • Broomsedge is a fast-growing perennial grass that is known to spread over agricultural sites, especially in the springtime.

How to Get Rid of Broomsedge

  • We recommend using Quali-Pro Glyphosate Plus Herbicide mixed with SFM Extra Pre-Emergent Herbicide to eliminate broomsedge from your property.

Preventing Broomsedge Reinfestations

  • The best way to prevent broomsedge is through cultural methods that allow the turfgrass to become thick and nutrient-rich, thus aiding in broomsedge control by choking it out of the landscape.
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