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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.

Carpetgrass Background Information

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.


How To Effectively Eliminate Carpetgrass


Recommended Post-emergents:


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




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

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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