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Grassy Weeds (Spring-Fall): Bermudagrass

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Bermudagrass

Two grass-like weeds that are difficult to deal with in Maryland lawns are wiregrass, also called wild bermunda grass, and nimblewill. Unlike crabgrass and goosegrass, these are perennials and cannot be prevented with a pre-emergent herbicide. Both of these grasses are similar in habit of growth and season of growth. They are warm season grasses, which thrive in the heat of summer and turn brown in winter. Wiregrass grows as a long wiry stem that roots along the ground. It is capable of spreading rapidly, often invading nearby flower and shrub beds. Nimblewill is a smaller plant that spreads more gradually than wiregrass. It grows in clumps that spread gradually with very short running stems.

Management: Small infestations can be dug out or you can spray the infested areas of the lawn with a non-selective herbicide and reseed the area after you are certain you have 100 percent kill.

Keywords: Bermudagrass, Bermuda grass, Bermuda, wiregrass, wiregrass

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