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goosegrassHow to Remove Goosegrass from your Turf

Regarded by lawn care experts as the “new king of turfgrass weeds”, goosegrass is a difficult to control summer annual weed that has been popping up everywhere across the United States and other regions of the world. Typically found in warm season turf, goosegrass seeds readily and easily spreads from lawn to lawn by the wind. This troublesome weed can give lawn owners lots of fits so it is important to tackle this weed with the correct approach and by using the right herbicide products.

If you want to be successful in your mission to get rid of goosegrass, before arming yourself with sprays and tools, you first need to arm yourself with knowledge about the weed so you can know what conditions this type of grass thrives in as well as what conditions give it a disadvantage 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.

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How To Get Rid of Goosegrass: Solutions 4 Step Process

If your lawn has goosegrass, it can be difficult to remove them without the proper weed control products for the job. The unpredictable nature of this weed makes it so maintaining a healthy, nutrient-rich lawn may not be enough to keep goosegrass off your property. Solutions Pest & Lawn can equip you with the necessary DIY advice as well as professional-grade herbicides so you can kill crabgrass right the fight time. Check out our simple-to-follow 4 step plan on how to kill goosegrass and follow it closely to get the best results on your lawn.


Step 1: Identification - First, are you completely sure that the unwanted vegetation that is growing on your lawn is indeed goosegrass? It is important to properly ID the plant you want to be removed because herbicide selections depend upon what type of grass or weed you have growing. Goosegrass is often confused with a number of other frustrating grassy weeds. Being able to confirm the ID of the weed will help you to do the proper research regarding the plant and what cultural practices and chemical control options work best against it. If you erroneously ID your weed as goosegrass when it is not or mistakenly diagnose the weed, you may end up wasting time and money purchasing and applying chemical products that will not work against the weed on your lawn, thus leaving you frustrated and disappointed.


Goosegrass can be identified via it's finger-like seed head. Looking at it from the top it almost looks like a wagon wheel in that it has spokes that come out. Goosegras forms leafy tufts which look like they are reclining. The leaf blades are up to 10" long and 8 mm. across; they are medium to dark green, mostly glabrous, keeled, and hull-shaped at their tips. The margins of leaf blades are sparsely ciliate with long crooked hairs. The leaf sheaths wrap loosely around the culms and they are somewhat flattened (elliptic in cross-section) and overlapping. Some other distinguishing traits is that this grass can stick to your clothing if you brush up against it because of all the small little hairs it has.


If you are not sure whether the weed on your lawn is goosegrass or not, send a photo to us at identification@solutionsstores.com and we will properly ID the plant for you as well as give you the proper product recommendations and tips on how to kill goosegrass.


Step 2: Inspection - Once you have properly identified the grass as goosegrass, you will need to inspect your lawn to see how big of an invasion you have. You wouldn’t want to do a full-blown chemical application if you only have a small outbreak as manually pulling them out should suffice. For a larger outbreak it would be wiser to engage in chemical control.

Goosegrass really likes to germininate in hard or compacted areas such as an area in your yard such as areas that get a lot of heavy foot traffic as well as sidewalks and pathways. With this being the case you may want to focus your inspection around those type of areas as these are where goosegrass is typically found.

Determine the size of the infestation and where it is concentrated and then you can move onto step 3.


Step 3: Control -  Since goosegrass is a summer annual, it would be wise to control this early with the help of a pre-emergent such as Prodiamine back in theFebruary-March time frame. You may have to do a follow-up pre-emergent application in late spring such as around May.  If the goosegrass has already emerged and you missed the pre-emergent application, there are a number of post-emergent options you can use to eliminate this problematic weed. Aside from this, we recommend Glyphosate, Tenacity or Revolver. Use a pump sprayer for the most precise spray pattern and try your best not to get the product on your desired grass. Followup applications may be necessary after 7 to 10 days if the goosegrass is being particularly stubborn and persistent.


Step 4: Prevention - Goosegrass is a summer annual plant so there is little that can be done to completely and totally prevent the grass from coming back. However what helps your chances in keeping goosegrass away is by making sure your yard is healthy and densely planted with turf. Goosegrass is known to be persistent and will grow on bare areas if not managed right away. Overseed bare areas to prevent goosegrass seeds from germinating. Leaving no room for goosegrass to germinate will surely kill the unwanted weeds. Moreover, lawn mowers used to mow goosegrass should be cleaned to eliminate seeds that may be left clinging on the mower.

Aerate your lawn to remove the compaction in the soil and avoid over watering to help lessen the chances of goosegrass making a comeback.

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Learn More About Goosegrass

Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) is a warm weather weed that can easily be identified by splayed tufts of grass and finger-like blades. The plant can become established even in hard, compacted soils and is very resilient. It is an annual grass, but in tropical conditions it could be perennial. Goosegrass likes to germinate in hard or compacted areas, maybe where there is a lot of traffic or along sidewalks or walkways. Athletic fields and golf courses are prime sites for an infestation of goosegrass. Goosegrass also likes to grow in areas where the weather constantly fluctuates.

The thick leaf blades are difficult to cut with a mower and even after a close trim, lawn grass will look unkempt and unattractive if goosegrass is present. The plant is most prominent in warm summer periods, but may persist into winter in temperate zones. The blades are thick and rough and radiate from a central area in spikes of 2 to 13. Each blade is flat with slight serration at the edges. The color is emerald green with older blades having a small bit of white on their damaged edges.

Goosegrass has a strong, complicated root system and readily invades hard, compacted soils found in high traffic areas. It adapts well to close, frequent mowing and even produces seed when mowed at very low heights such as when they have invaded putting greens on golf courses.

Mature leaf blades of goosegrass are extremely difficult to chop down with a mower. Often the leaf blades are frayed by the mower and the tips develop a whitish cast. Mower blades must be kept very sharp to maintain a sufficient cut on goosegrass infested turf.

What makes Goosegrass such a frustrating weed is because little is known about its biology. Secondly, goosegrass has the ability to withstand extreme conditions such as drought, high temperatures and a lack of fertility in the soil. Thirdly, there are very few herbicides available that can adequately control the weed, especially with MSMA being outlawed by the EPA. However with a combination of cultural control and herbicide application, despite its growing resistance to many, this weed can be overcome.

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Goosegrass Control Options

Controlling goosegrass can be particularly difficult as goosegrass has been known to become completely resistant to a variety of pre and post-emergent herbcide applications. Our recommendations above have the best potential of managing the goosegrass on your lawn. If your goosegrass is resistant to all of these herbicides, your last ditch effort would be to try glyphosate to carefully spot treat your lawn.

For pre-emergent control, try either Prodiamine 65 WDG (Barricade Herbicide) or Dithiopyr 40 WSB Pre Emergent Herbicide in the February/March timeframe. Going this route, we would recommend doing a followup application around the spring time going into Summer around May. However if goosegrass is already out and about on your lawn, using selective herbicides like Revolver Herbicide or Tenacity Herbicide should hopefully do the trick.

Check out our article: The Ideal Times To Use Pre-Emergent on Your Lawn


Goosegrass Control Tips and Recommendations

  • A good tool to use to aid with your herbicide application is mixing your selected herbicide with a surfactant so that your application can stick to the goosegrass and not runoff.

  • Please be sure to refer to the instruction label to get the correct application rates as they 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.

  • If you would like to know step-by-step how to execute an effective herbicide application program, please refer to our knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos to get a visual idea of how to carry out herbicide treatment.

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For more information on controlling goosegrass  and other troublesome weeds in your yard as well as receive free help over the phone, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

Additional Resources On Goosegrass

Weed Gallery: Goosegrass--UC IPM


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