The Q&A Archives: Quackgrass

Question: How do I get rid of quackgrass?

Answer: Quackgrass is a tough weed to remove! Other than diligently pulling the roots out each year, there's not a lot you can do. If the quackgrass is in your lawn, you may want to try an organic pre-emergent herbicide to control the weed. A good one to try is WOW! (Without Weeds) by Gardens Alive. You can reach them at 812-537-8650, or write at 5100 Schenley Place, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. Pre-emergents are generally applied in the early spring so you can stop weed seed germination. If the quackgrassis in something like a perennial flower bed, I wouldn't use any herbicide at all. Simply wait until a good rain, when the soil is moist, go through the bed with a cultivator and pull as much of the roots out as possible. If you do this a few times ayear, each year, the perennials will choke out the remaining grasses. It's not an easy solution, but effective if you keep with it.

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