Want to know how to get rid of grass water in your lawn?
This post explains how to do this with the tips below.
The term “water grass” refers to several types of weeds that flourish in yards that are not properly maintained. Crabgrass, Quack Grass, and Tall Fescue Grass are all common examples of water grasses people struggle with.
In order to get rid of these grasses, you need to keep your lawn healthy and nurture the conditions that allow the grass you want to grow to flourish. Here is a list of steps to reduce the amount of water grass weeds in your yard. Below is a list of 5 stips on how to get rid of grass water in your lawn.
1. Learn Your Enemy
When getting your yard in tip-top shape, knowledge is definitely power. You need to find out as much about your soil, your lawn grass, and the type (or types) of water grass you are dealing with. This can be done with internet research. Compare pictures with what you see online. Alternately, take samples into your local nursery and see if anyone there can help you identify what you are working with.
At the same time, when you know the type of water grass you have, you can buy the correct weed killer for getting rid of it.
2. Change Your Mowing Habits
Lawn mowing is a common area that can greatly effect water grass. You may need to leave your lawn longer than you are used to. Short, sparse grass gives weeds the opportunity to bully their way in. Although it may be a pain, mowing more frequently to a length of no less than 2 inches will help you reduce the water grass in your yard.
3. Change Your Watering Habits
Unlike with mowing, you will actually want to water your lawn less frequently. Be sure to leave the water on long enough for it to really saturate deep into the ground. This way, your hardier grass will have the opportunity to get the water it needs. It is always best to water in the morning or evening. During the heat of the day, the water can evaporate before it has had a chance to get into the soil.
How much water your lawn needs will depend on a few things. This is why it is important to research your soil type. Also factor in the climate of where you live and the current weather conditions.
4. Try a Herbicide
If changing your lawn care habits isn’t enough, you can try using a herbicide. You will have better luck if you know exactly the type of water grass you are trying to eliminate. It is a good idea to not mow two days before or after you apply the herbicide so it can do its job properly.
Another thing that must be avoided for a couple of days after using the herbicide is watering your lawn.
5. Dig Up the Grass
Hopefully, steps 1-4 will have solved your problem. If they haven’t, you may want to try digging up the unwanted water grass in your lawn. This can be a pain and you must do it with caution. You will have to get the roots in order for this to work. While working, you will want to make sure you are not spreading the seeds to another part of your lawn (or your neighbors!) After digging up the unwanted water grass, reseed the area and fertilize it.
Identifying Water Grasses
Here is a quick summary of what the different types of water grass look like.
Crabgrass: This weed can be hard to identify because it can look very different depending on its age and the climate you live in. It also comes in both hairy and smooth varieties. As crabgrass grows, the stems tend to fall out into a star pattern. This is the easiest way to identify you are dealing with crabgrass.
Quack Grass: You may have an easier time identifying this weed, due to its wide leaves and rough texture. When pulled up, this water grass has white roots that are quite thick.
Tall Fescue Grass: Often confused with crabgrass, this water grass is one of the most difficult to get rid of. It grows rapidly in clumps in the middle of your lawn. It is nearly impossible to kill this type of water weed without killing the surrounding grass.
With the right knowledge getting rid of water grass doesn’t have to be too difficult. If you’re looking for more great information on removing water grass check out this post.