The Q&A Archives: bare lawn patches

Question: some bare patches appear to have a flat spreading wirey grass that has replaced the normal grass

Answer: It may be Bermuda grass. To control, you can pull it out by hand. Make sure you pull the roots as well so they do not spread. Or, use a spade or shovel to remove older and overgrown wire grass. Make sure to dig around the base of the grass, then push with one foot down and scoop up the wire grass. Make sure you get the roots so that they will not re-grow. Since wire grass spreads or creeps, make sure to dig through the other locations where they emerge. Or, since it is growing in bare patches, you can use a vegetation killer such as Round Up to kill the bermuda. Once it is dead, pull it out then rake the bare areas and reseed.

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