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Is Dallisgrass a Spring Lawn Problem?

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Lawn Doctor

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Spring is here, but so are the varieties of grass that will be emerging from your lawn. During early spring season, you might encounter clumps of very tall seed stalks around mowed grass area. Although Dalligrass is a common spring lawn problem in southern areas of the United States, they can appear on your lawn unexpectedly one nice spring day.

What is Dallisgrass

Dallisgrass is a type of weed with a perennial lawn problem. Dallisgrass is a deep-rooted bunchgrass that spreads by both seed and underground stems. Invading turf grass areas, this troubling weed begins growing when temperatures are warm and moist. The leaves can grow to reach four to ten inches. You will also notice the stems are shorter than the leaves. Stems can range from two to six inches.

How to Control Dallisgrass

For some spring lawn problems like dalligrass, there are no selective control products for treating them. An alternative method is to hand-pull dalligrass from the lawn. By doing this action, the stems will still remain strong in the soil and dalligrass can eventually grow back. Hand-pulling will not guarantee to control the dalligrass growth during spring.

Surprisingly if you mow your lawn frequently, the growth of dalligrass will be less of a problem come spring time. You can also seek spot-treatment and repair the treated spots in your lawn by plugging or sodding after waiting period of three to four days.

If dallisgrass appears to be a frequent lawn problem, please contact your local Lawn Doctor for weed control services and a free evaluation on your lawn.

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