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How to Remove Sandbur From Your Lawn

Sandbur control

Sandbur is one of the more annoying weeds that can emerge onto lawns pasturelands. If you have Sandbur on your lawn, you’re going to want to get rid of it as soon as you can because it could become troublesome to get rid of it. Sandbur control in lawns can be complicated, but luckily we have professional herbicides and pre-emergents that work.  Sandbur is a common invasive weed in dry, sandy soils and patchy lawns. What is perhaps the worst feature of the sandbur is the seedpod produced by the plant that can stick to clothing and pet fur and prick skin. Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn we will not only share with you the steps and methods of approaching Sandbur, we’ll also show you the best products to tackle this prickly invasive species and take your lawn back.

Sandbur Background Information

Sandbur (Cenchrus spp.) is a grassy annual weed that is also commonly known as burgrass. It is quite a notorious invasive weed that is actually registered in 46 states as a noxious weed. The plant is part of the Poaceae family and actually looks like normal grass earlier in the year before maturing into the noxious plant we all know and hate. By August, it bears burs which detach and carry seed. These are what prick us and make homeowners realize that it isn’t just a normal grass but actually an insidious weed that needs to be removed.

Sandbur is most common in the southern part of the United States, and in some western states like in Washington DC and Northern California. Although sandburs are versatile enough to growing in a nearly every type of soil, they thrive the most in regions that are dry and sandy. The weed germinates in spring, and continues through summer and fall, until the first frost kills it off.

How To Effectively Control Sandbur

Recommended Post-emergents:

The best way to eliminate sandbur is with a pre-emergent herbicide. Pre-emergent products kill the plant before it emerges from the soil, when it is a lot more susceptible to chemical applications. The best time to apply the product is before the soil temperature reaches 52 degrees Fahrenheit around March. A second application should be laid out in June.

If sandbur is already present on your lawn, you’ll have to use a post-emergent herbicide. We recommend MSMA but since this is a restricted use herbicide, an effective alternative is glyphosate or Roundup. Post-emergence control is most effective when the plants are young and small as they are more vulnerable during this time. These are applied when ambient temperatures are at least 75 degrees. As weeds mature, they become more difficult to kill and will begin to produce new seed. Post-emergent products also should be applied when no rain is expected and the sandburs are vigorously growing, in the spring and early summer.

Sandbur Control Tips and Recommendations

  • Want your herbicide application to pack a better punch? Mix your selected weed killer with a  surfactant. This will help the herbicide to stick better to the plant so you see the best results.

  • Remember that the label is the law! Please read the manufacturer’s label carefully and follow directions. Application rates vary depending on the type of herbicide you are using so make sure you don’t overmix.

  • Wear long sleeved pants and clothing when using herbicides. Protect your eyes, skin, mouth and nose by wearing protective safety equipment any time you handle herbicide chemicals.

  • Want to learn more detailed ways of applying herbicides? Browse our knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos available to view anytime.

For more detailed information on controlling Sandbur on your lawn and to get specialized free advice for your lawn, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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