“Can we really, seriously get rid of the annoying Dallisgrass for good?” This is probably the first question that pops out of your mind as soon as you read the title of this article. Most of us know the brutal fact about Dallisgrass: it’s perennial, which means it will last for a very long and sometimes, infinite time. It grows back from deep down its very roots year after year.
Dallisgrass stem with its green, feathery head full of ant-size seeds
Dallisgrass may seem to be just a very small issue to worry about for some people, but for homeowners, who cares big time about greenery, this is far more than just a small trouble. For years, I have persistently been doing research, asking experts, and doing different kinds of method out of my hopes and attempts of finding the real, effective way on how to kill Dallisgrass. Now, I’ve finally found the 2 most effective methods of how to kill Dallisgrass permanently.
A lawn mower is used to cut grass and maintain the beauty of a lawn
As a fellow homeowner, nothing will make me happier than to be able to share this very crucial know-how that I have just discovered myself and I can tell you, I’m confident that at least one of these two methods is the one that you have been looking for so long. With this tutorial that teaches you how to kill Dallisgrass, you can now peacefully sit on your porch as you appreciate the healthy greenery of your landscape without the ugly, undesired Dallisgrass. You’re welcome, by the way.
A healthy lawn creates a perfectly neat home and lawn landscape
2 Ways To Get Rid Of Dallisgrass For GoodHow To Kill Dallisgrass? You Have Two OptionsMethod 1: Manually Digging Out Dallisgrass With A Sharpshooter SpadeWhat You Will NeedStep By Step InstructionsMethod 2: Using Glyphosate Herbicide What You Will NeedStep By Step Instructions
How To Kill Dallisgrass? You Have Two Options
Method 1: Manually Digging Out Dallisgrass With A Sharpshooter Spade
Here are the 2 efficient ways on how to kill Dallisgrass for good:
A small spade half dug into the dark, moist soil
Sometimes, we need more than just a lawn sweeper or a gagger to keep the beauty of our lawn. We need tougher tools.
Surely, a lot of you had tried pulling out Dallisgrass before and failed, just like I did. It turns out what we did almost get the job done, only that we need to pull out the whole thing, the entire root mass and a disk of soil that may have been infected by the seeds.
I recommend this method to those who have the time, energy, and a bunch of helping, working hands to do such a strenuous task. After all, it’s hard to do all the digging by yourself. I’d also recommend this to you if the infection of Dallisgrass on your lawn isn’t severe yet. This method is the perfect way on how to kill Dallisgrass before it can even start to grow into huge clusters.
What You Will Need
- A Sharpshooter Spade
Step By Step Instructions
1.Shower water over your lawn.
Showering water all over the lawn to soften the soil
You don’t shower water over your Dallisgrass-infected lawn so the annoying weeds can grow healthier. You shower water over the area so that the soil will become softer, thus, easier to plow.
2.Identify the infected area.
While Dallisgrass can invade all types of lawn grass like Zoysia, St. Augustine, Buffalograss, and Bermuda, it can be very difficult to tell which bunch is the Dallisgrass and which should be eradicated. That’s why I recommend you to identify which part of your lawn has been infected with Dallisgrass prior to plowing and digging. We don’t want to miss a horde of Dallisgrass to get rid of, so you might want to do a thorough inspection on the entire lawn beforehand.
You can use flaglets to easily spot the infected area.
Tip: You can stand colorful flaglets on the soil to easily spot the infected area.
3.Start digging out.
Work on the infected area. You just have to do the usual plowing and digging, but you have to get the entire root mass. It should include the topmost 6 inches soil in the area. If possible, dig out the soil collectively, forming a dense, disk shape. It’s also important for you to make sure that you don’t leave behind even a sliver of the weed’s root system. If you do, the Dallisgrass will reform with the seeds on the soil in no time.
Tools such as spade and fork are essential in gardening.
Method 2: Using Glyphosate Herbicide
Herbicides are another way on how to kill Dallisgrass. They are mostly called as weed killers. Glyphosate, in particular, is a kind of herbicide especially developed as a crop desiccant to kill undesired weeds such as Dallisgrass or Pampas grass. It is commonly used by farmers to kill annoying grass without killing the important crops.
I recommend this method to those who have their lawns severely infected by Dallisgrass. The process of selecting an infected spot and spraying chemical over the area while making sure that it doesn’t touch the important crops can be time-consuming. If you have a severely-infected lawn, you might just want to get rid of everything with this method and start anew.
A farmer is spraying herbicide over his crops in the farm
What You Will Need
- Glyphosate-only herbicide
- Pump sprayer
- Milk carton cut out at the bottom
Step By Step Instructions
1.Identify the infected area.
In this method, there’s no need to water the grass or soften the soil, so we’d practically proceed to the identification of the infected area. Just follow the instructions listed on the second step of the first method above.
A green, healthy lawn without the invasion of annoying Dallisgrass
2.Prepare the chemical.
Glyphosate herbicide can be a bit dangerous to apply. For safety, put the chemical in a pump sprayer. Aside from making the application safe, this will also make the procedure much easier, allowing you to have better control when spraying. Also remember that your chemical must be a Glyphosate-only herbicide. It must not have any other kinds of active ingredients.
3.Apply the chemical to dallisgrass.
Place the milk carton vertically over the infected area where the Dallisgrass invades, insert the mouth of the spray onto the top of the carton, and start spraying. The carton will serve as the shield against the spray drift, protecting the, let’s call it “good grass” (the grass that you originally planted) and at the same time, minimizing the size of the dead spot all over your lawn.
An empty carton of milk can be used as a shield against spray drift
And that’s it, pals! Did you find this tutorial on how to kill Dallisgrass useful? I hope you did. If not, I hope you, at least, have gained some important information. And don’t think twice about sharing this article with others. I perfectly know how hard it is searching for years just to find the most effective ways on how to kill dallisgrass. I don’t want anyone to experience the same struggle as I did.
If there’s anything that you would like to say, feel free to do so in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
I don’t have to worry about grass any grass because my chickens eat it all. LOL.
Wow! Good for you, Brenda! Maybe I should start adding chickens to my lawn, too!
Everyone wants to know how to get rid of burmuda grass, crab grass, and any other sharp edged, coarse perennial grass that is hard to kill ! LOL
Exactly! Some people just don’t do much to get rid of them. As garden enthusiasts, getting rid of those perennial species of grass is a big deal for us.
My yard was almost perfect, I just needed a few spot of seed. I saw Pennington annual rye grass $45.00 for 50lbs. I could not resist. So I planted the seed but the next thing I knew was all I had a Dallisgrass and crop grass. I quickly put out all the grass, (one month straight) I order more seed put I didn’t remember that it was Pennington seed that was not good and I ordered and planted 50lbs of Pennington Annual Rye Grass. When it started to come out, I started to cry. I am exhausted and out of energy . My lawn, if you can call it that is one acre of weeds. What do I do?
I’ve worked my tail off year after year, digging and discarding, to get rid of what I finally find is Dallasgrass and had concluded that Roundup was my only way out. I’m glad that I read your article before I started spraying. The idea of the milk carton is great and will save me some expense and time restoring what would be unintentionally killed by spray drift. Thank you very much for the article and I wish you many happy years of gardening.