Unknown grass growing in Burmuda

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Date Photo Taken: May 7, 2012
Location: Gainesville, ga
Posted By: jessbrok


I have this unknown grass growing in my burmuda lawn. It is just spotty all over the front lawn. I have a lawncare company that has been spraying consistantly for the past two years but they just cant seem to keep this grass out. Can you tell me what it is? Can you give me help on how to get rid of it?


  1. Kirk Unregistered says:


    May 9th, 2012 at 12:43 pm
  2. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    It looks like tall fescue that has invaded the Bermuda. I’m curious if you have asked them to treat this, or if you have simply assumed that they will control it with their regular treatment. Usually this is treated by ‘spot-spraying’ the fescue with an expensive product, but it is not normally included in most programs. Expect an additional charge from the lawn care company. Additionally, if the Bermuda is fertilized properly and mowed closely, the fescue will be minimized. If the Bermuda is not in full, blazing hot sun all day, you most definitely will need to have it sprayed.

    May 9th, 2012 at 1:19 pm
  3. jessbrok Registered says:

    I really dont think it fescue because I have some of that in areas and it dies out but these patches thrive even in the summer in direct sun. I will ask to spot treat.

    May 9th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  4. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Your pictures indicate that the plant has a flattened leaf sheath at the base of the leaves. Orchard grass and broomsedge come to mind. Because of the growth habit in your photos I think this is possibly broomsedge. Broomsedge will not tolerate close mowing. It’s usually not persistent in bermuda lawns mowed on a 5 to 7 day schedule. Repeat applications of MSMA had been the standard for years in managing this weed growing in bermuda lawns. There are limited supplies of this herbicide now and most lawn care companies will be very selective in it’s use. Request spot treating but be patient. If possible reduce mowing height and frequency.

    May 12th, 2012 at 1:14 pm
  5. bdchesho Flower Fanatic says:

    Definitely broomsedge, msma works great but so does a pick axe or hoe. You can pop these clumps out of the ground easily enough, or if you don’t mind yellow spots(msma causes yellow spots too) just spray the crowns carefully with round up. The clumps will die and the bermuda will fill back in. You can sprinkle some top soil in the damaged area to speed regrowth.

    May 21st, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  6. Jesse Unregistered says:

    I pulled all of this grass out by hand last year and it kept coming back. I guess I will just try it again!

    May 21st, 2012 at 9:04 pm
  7. Bob Williams Unregistered says:

    That appears to be what Scott’s told me is “Dallas Grass”…They’ve sprayed it several times with no success…One technician told me that it would eventually die, but two told me that my only options were to dig it up or kill it with Roundup and wait for the Bermuda to fill in.
    My research indicated that its extensive rhizomes make it difficult to dig up…I’m starting to apply Roundup and will cover the spots with potting soil to encourage the Bermuda to cover the bare spots…TOUGH STUFF!

    June 22nd, 2012 at 1:16 pm
  8. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Tough stuff indeed!

    June 23rd, 2012 at 11:19 am
  9. Ron Teemley Unregistered says:

    “Dallas Grass” is miserable stuff. I have been fighting it for years. Like Mr. Williams said it is extremely hard to dig up. Does anyone know of a tool better than a hoe or pick ax to use for this job?

    April 10th, 2014 at 3:18 pm
  10. Ryan Unregistered says:

    That is Broomsedge. No doubt. Just Pull it with a screw driver or pry tool.

    August 30th, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  11. Absolute Green Landscaping Apprentice says:

    Broomsedge can be a real challenge to eliminate if you have a significant number of them in your lawn. Many people say that cutting it regularly kills it but from my experience, it can often survive these frequent cuts unless you cut it really low. Cutting often will however keep it from spreading. The best thing to do is pull it out with a small pry tool and ensure complete root removal. The roots do not grow very deep but if you miss any than this plant will come back. Broomsedge will go dormant in the winter but will return even stronger next year if you do not fight it.

    November 7th, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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