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Question: Hi,
I have a goosegrass problem on my front lawn. Last fall I pulled out most of the lawn and reseeded. Everything looked fine until the hot weather hit a week ago. Now I see the goosegrass coming back. It hasn't taken over yet and was wondering what I can do to get rid of it or at least keep it from spreading. Thanks...Frank

Answer: Goosegrass is an annual weed, so keeping your perennial grasses as healthy as possible should suppress it. You might want to start with some basic soil tests to check fertility and pH, and adjust as indicated by the tests. Then be sure to mow with your blades set high at about three inches to shade out the annual weeds. Late summer to early fall is the best time of year for extensive lawn work if it seems you need to do more. Here is some information about goosegrass you may find helpful. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

I would also suggest you work with your local Cornell cooperative extension to develop the best lawn care program for your yard based on the soil conditions in your yard and the local weather. They also offer problem solver lawn care information at

I hope this helps!

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