Bahiagrass, also known as Paspalum Notatum in its biological term, is a wild species of grass native in South America. It is originally planted for forage and erosion control purposes, but through the course of time, it has grown to be an undesired grass every homeowner wants to get rid of from their lawn. It is a tough, perennial species for a wild grass. It is tolerant to drought, grass disease, insect infestation, and even to some brands of herbicides. This is what you need to know to understand just why homeowners like me loathe this kind of grass.
As homeowners, we naturally want our house as well as our lawns to look beautiful and neat, and wild plants such as Bahiagrass is not a beauty we want to see around our home. For the past years, I have struggled real hard looking at these pesky wild grass around my lawn every day. Today, as I found the most effective ways on how to get rid of bahiagrass, I proudly walk around my garden every morning without a single stem of Bahiagrass on my sight.
Read on and you will be able to know how to get rid of bahiagrass. This very effective Bahiagrass removal method starts with minimizing the appearance of the grass around the lawn, proceeds to the actual removal, and ends with prevention. Follow the step-by-step process. Take this from your fellow homeowner, I guarantee you the solution.
Minimizing The Appearance Of Bahiagrass
The truth is, you can’t really get rid of wild perennial species of grass in one single blow. In reality, we start with the minimization of the problem.
What You Will Need
- Lawn mower with bag attachment
- Plant growth regulator
Step By Step Instructions
1. Mow Your Yard With A Lawn Mower
Mow your yard with a lawn mower (with debris bag attachment) on a regular basis. This will minimize the population of bahiagrass around your lawn and, at the same time, will prevent the spread of grass seed.
2. Throw The Debris Bag Directly Into The Garbage Bin
The main reason why bahiagrass keeps growing back to your lawn is usually because of the spread of grass seed that might have infected the soil. Most of us fail to realize this and always end up doing the same mistake of emptying the bag into a spot in the yard, which cycles the problem. Therefore, it is important for you to empty the bag directly into the trash bin instead of just to anywhere else.
3. Apply Plant Growth Regulator To Your Lawn
A plant growth regulator will help slow down the growth of bahiagrass during warm weather. You can apply the growth regulator to the entire lawn or just to the patches of the infected area.
Killing The Wild Bahiagrass
After the minimization of the problem comes the actual mission. This is where we can finally do the steps on how to get rid of bahiagrass.
What You Will Need
- Weed-killing chemical
- Grass seed of your choice
Step By Step Instructions
1. Shower Water Onto Your Lawn
On the next steps, you are going to dig up grass and soil patches with a shovel. To make the following steps easier, soften the soil on the lawn by showering water.
2. Identify The Infected Area
If your lawn isn’t severely infected by bahiagrass, you might want to find the infected area prior to the actual removal of the wild grass. This helps save the “good” grass from damage.
3. Dig Up The Patches Of Bahiagrass
Using a shovel, dig up the patches of bahiagrass from the lawn. Since we want to dig out the whole pesky wild growing thing, we want to make sure every part of it, especially its roots and seeds, is removed. To do this, dig out the first five inches of soil off the ground, secure it in a bag, and dispose of it.
4. Spray The Chemical Onto The Infected Area
After disposing of the bahiagrass and the infected soil off the lawn, spray a weed-killing chemical accross the infected area. If the infected area is too wide for you to spray over at once, use a pump sprayer to make the spraying easier and faster.
5. Replace The Bahiagrass With New Grass
After the chemical has run its course, plant the new grass seeds into the infected area. This will not only allow the new grass to grow but will also push away remnants of bahiagrass that may have remained.
Preventing Bahiagrass From Regrowing
After finally discovering the ways on how to get rid of bahiagrass, you can never allow it to regrow ever again. Here’s a serious prevention method to make sure bahiagrass never grows back on your lawn again.
1. Wash Your Lawn Mower Before And After Using
Always remember to wash your lawn mower before and after you use it. Especially when you have used it outside your lawn, it’s extra important for you to perform deep cleansing of your mower and other gardening tools as they might have made contact with bahiagrass and other kinds of wild grass.
2. Check The Potting Soil That You Bring Onto Your Lawn
When working on your garden, make sure that you only bring in healthy, uninfected soil. Even when you buy soil from gardening stores, you may still purchase soils with wild grass infections. So, always be vigilant with your choice.
3. Keep Your Lawn Healthy
The most effective prevention of bahiagrass invasion is a healthy lawn. When your lawn is well-maintained and disease-free, it’s less likely to be invaded by bahiagrass and even other kinds of wild grass.
The ultimate trick to finding the lawn problem solution is trial and error process on how to get rid of bahiagrass. Do not be afraid to try different kinds of method. You will never know what actually works until you try. But I assure you. This works!
And that’s it! Did the article make much sense to you and your lawn problems on how to get rid of bahiagrass? If your answer is yes, please share this article. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to comment below, and I will try to shed some light on your concerns.
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I had bahaigrass & won!
After lots of rain, I pulled it. It takes about as long as mowing, but the lawn does not need mowing. The weeds just make it look like it needs mowing.
Also time pulling weeds a couple of days after mowing. The worst weeds will pop up then.
In large patches, I put in sod. It instantly defeats weeds.
Water less often, but deeper.
Mow high as possible.
Another thing that make a lawn look neat is edging. I can skip mowing if I just keep it edged!
Think of it as a haircut. Whatever length can still be neatly trimmed.