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Image result for carpetgrassHow to Get Rid of Unattractive Carpetgrass from your Lawn

Carpetgrass, also popularly known as St. Augustine grass, is a common turf grass on lawns and yards but it usually isn’t the most attractive and has several disadvantages that make it unappealing. For instance it’s appearance is more of a pale green color compared to other more desirable grasses. Also this form of grass is very invasive and many landowners do not like the way it looks or behaves once it is established in a lawn. If you do want to remove this grass from your lawn, we’ll share with you the best methods of control below.

To get rid of carpetgrass, you first need to do a little homework on the grassy weed and be armed with some knowledge so you can know what conditions this type of weed likes, what it doesn’t like and then based on the information, approach with an effective control strategy. This is where we can best help.

Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn, we’re dedicated to serving you with not only supplying the best professional-grade products in the lawn and pest control industry, but also we want to empower you with the confidence to tackle any issues you have on your yard or home yourself, without hiring a professional.

Our motto is, “Ask us, then do it yourself”. Aside from our customer service line where you can talk live to an expert, you can also email us your specific questions and concerns at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we’ll be happy to help guide you in the right direction.

View our selection of products we recommend for getting rid of carpetgrass and then scroll further to learn how to tackle carpetgrass in depth using our solutions 4 step process.

How To Get Rid of Carpetgrass: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step One: Identification It's important, for the purposes of control and removal, to be sure the type of weed you have is actually carpetgrass and not some other similar looking invasive weed. Proper identification of the weed you are encountering on your lawn will help you to understand what the weeds tendencies and characteristics are and can also point you in the right direction of which products can best treat that particular weed.

This is important because some common lawn weeds have a high tolerance or resistance to particular herbicides and control methods and are specifically labeled for certain weeds and not for others. If you misdiagnose the weed on your lawn as carpetweed when it's in fact not, you may purchase a herbicide not meant to tackle it and it will lead to disappointing results and overall, a waste of money.

Carpetgrass can be distinguished byleaves with blunt and rounded tips, flat stolons, and tall seed stalks that have two branches at the apex. The leaf sheaths are also recognizable because of the fine hairs along the outer edge. Carpetgrass is often confused or mistaken for centipedegrass because of their similar characteristics. Carpetgrass and centipedegrass share similar traits except that carpetgrass produces a crabgrass-like seedhead, and centipedegrass has hairs along the edges of the leaves. The grass forms a thick mat and gives carpet-like coverage wherever established.

If you are unsure of what weed you have, you can contact us at identification@solutionsstores.com and send us a photo of your weed and we will identify it for you and suggest treatment options.


Step Two: Inspection. Once the plant has been properly Identified, you can then move to the inspection process. Carpetgrass is a warm-season creeping perennial grassy weed which grows forms a sort of matted carpet like appearance, hence their name so they are hard to miss.When carpetgrasss has established on a lawn it may be because you have a moisture issue because carpetgrass adapts well to moist soils which are also sandy. Carpetgrass also thrives in areas that have not been fertilized well meaning in areas of low maintenance, carpetgrass tends to take over quite easily.


Scan your landscape to see how severe of a carpetgrass problem you have. This will help you to see how much product you may need and where you will focus your application.


Step Three: Control. If cultural methods or manual methods of control are not doing the trick or it is too much work, chemical control is your best bet to keep the invasion under control. We recommend some post emergent products such as Atrazine or Celsius WG. Some other good options are Glyphosate 4 Plus Weed Killer or MSMA Target 6 Plus. These professional quality herbicides will deal damage to the leaves on the plant and hinder the development of the root system. The best time to apply these herbicides early on in the summer when the plant is young and actively growing as this is the time when they are most vulnerable to herbicides.


Step Four: Prevention. The best defense against carpetweed is a thick lawn that is well fertilized and maintained. Implement proper cultural lawn care maintenance practices such as watering, mowing and feeding to make your yard less conducive to carpetgrass making a return and invading your yard. In gardens, mulching will greatly reduce or prevent carpetweed growth. Addressing soil moisture issues is especially vital. Water less frequently and fertilize well because carpetgrass is unable to survive in dry soils and often grows where other grasses are not growing as well. As long as your desired grass is well nourished and you are keeping up with a regularly lawn maintenance schedule for your grass type, carpetgrass will no longer be able to invade.


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Learn More About Carpetgrass

Carpetgrass (Axonopus) is a warm-season perennial grass that is common in the southeastern part of United States, especially in poorly drained soils that are moist on a constant basis. The reason for it’s name is that it produces pretty solid lawn coverage that is carpet-like.It produces unsightly weeds that resemble crabgrass and the lawn can appear coarse and unmown.

Carpetgrass can be easily identified by its pale green or yellowish green color. It is one of the first grasses to turn brown when temperatures cool and the last to green up in spring.It is generally described as having leaves with blunt and rounded tips, flat stolons, and tall seed stalks that have two branches at the apex. The leaf sheaths are also recognizable because of the fine hairs along the outer edge.

Carpetgrass seed stalks have the ability to rapidly grow to a height of about a foot and bear unattractive seed heads that give the lawn a weedy appearance which are tough and hard to mow down.  It prefers full sun to moderate shade and performs well in wet, shady, acidic soils where other grasses may not. The grass can be advantageous in cool and moist areas where easy cutting is more important than appearance and where lawn owners prefer to have a low-maintenance type of turf. However other lawn owners find the unsightly characteristics of carpetgrass more of a pest than an advantage.

Carpetgrass can be advantageous in cool and moist areas where people would like a low-maintenance turf but most people find this unsightly grass to be more of a nuisance than an asset.


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How To Effectively Eliminate Carpetgrass

Refrain from watering carpetgrass as it needs exposure to direct and intense sunlight to die out. Carpetgrass can only grow in very moist conditions so the sunlight will help to dry out the grass.

From our trials and experiences with treating carpetgrass we found what works best are the above herbicides. What you choose depends upon your preference and how much you are willing to spend. MSMA and Atrazine are restricted use herbicides and MSMA is not allowed to be sold to treat residential homes and that's when you may go with Celsius. However, as an alternative you can also try any
broadleaf herbicide to see if that will be able to control your carpetgrass


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Carpetgrass Control Tips and Recommendations

  • Due to surface tension, herbicide may often bead up on weeds and bounce off. We recommend using a surfactant and mixing it with your selected herbicide to see best results.


  • To use herbicides safely and successfully, read the manufacturer's label carefully and follow directions. Application rates can vary based on the selected herbicide you are using.

  • Herbicides can be harmful if you come in contact with it. Protect your eyes, skin, mouth and nose by wearing protective equipment any time you handle herbicide chemicals.

  • For more detailed guides and demonstrations on how to use herbicides and remove other problem weeds, please check out our knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos

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For more information on controlling carpetgrass on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.


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