The Q&A Archives: Grass burrs control

Question: I need to know if there is anything that would kill the stickers out of our yard. We just recently moved here and the back yard is nothing but a huge sticker patch. I need help,please.

From Desperate Bebe

Answer: Desperate Bebe,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Sandburs are grassburs are especially troublesome in areas of the lawn that have poor soil or tend to be droughty at times. Sandy soils fit this situation especially well.

Fertilizing and watering give your turfgrass the upper hand. Along with frequent mowing, these cultural practices can help you win the grassbur war over a year or two.

There are herbicides that can prevent their seeds from germinating. These must be applied early in the spring and reapplied a couple of months later in order to catch them before they sprout and begin to grow. Once the sandburs are up and growing these products will not be effective. Your County Extension Office can assist by recommending an appropriate, labeled spray product if you choose to spray in future seasons. It is too late to spray this year. You can however use a general weed killer such as glyphosate (Roundup is one brand) for spot treatments of grassbur plants but keep in mind that it will kill everything green you get it on including your lawn grass.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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