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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. We will share with you a little about this pesky invader and how to properly dispose of it from your lawn before it spreads and takes over.


Goosegrass Background Information

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. 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.

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.

Goosegrass Control Options

Recommended Pre-emergent and Post-emergent Herbicides:


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 or dithiopyr 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 or Tenacity should hopefully do the trick.


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.


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.

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