Eliminating Razor Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Willingboro, Ne
Question by bbl32002
June 30, 2010
We have patches of razor grass along the perimeter of our lawn. We do not know what kind of grass we have. Our lawn service cannot treat for it (They initially didn't even know what it was!). They suggested spot treatment with RoundUp. Do you agree? What do you recommend? Thank you, Bayard Leary

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Database, razor grass (Scleria secans) is only found in Puerto Rico. Perhaps you have a kind of nutrush, another member of the Scleria genus. In any event, all the plants in this genus are perennial members of the grass family, so a broadleaf weedkiller wouldn't be effective on them. So, unless you want to dig out the plants by hand, a non-selective herbicide like Roundup is probably your best option.

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