Dallisgrass has in the past been used as pasture grass in wet areas though it is less used as forage because it is weedy. It is susceptible to fungi that are toxic to livestock when ingested. Primarily, it is a weed in turf grass, vineyards, and wet areas. The control of dallisgrass is a concern for both public and private lawn areas. The need to control the grass is because it grows faster than other grasses and can be unsightly in your lawn. Unfortunately, there is no pre-emergent for this weed at all. It requires special herbicide treatment that requires 3 applications and must be applied in the summer.
There are different ways through which you can control dallisgrass, including:
Maintaining a Healthy Lawn
You can control dallisgrass by maintaining healthy and lush turf. Maintaining a healthy lawn involves practices such as proper watering, mowing, fertilization, and seeding. When you maintain a healthy lawn, your turf becomes dense, giving no room for dallisgrass seeds to germinate.
The main aspect of controlling dallisgrass involves the prevention of the establishment of new plants. You can remove the young plants from your lawn by digging them out before they form set seeds. Also, you can dig out mature dallisgrass though they at times grow back if not completely removed.
Dallisgrass requires a special herbicide to kill it that has to be applied 2-3 times. This treatment is applied 7-10 days apart in warmer temperatures. For minor infestations of dallisgrass, you can apply non-selective herbicides. However, such herbicides might kill your turf because they kill any plant they come in contact with.
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