Plant ID forum: Help with eye sore in yard

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bla00106
May 11, 2017 3:30 PM CST
I have a few different patches of the following that grows faster than the surrounding grass (zoysia). It seems to be a in a low area of the yard. This is in south Louisiana.

Most importantly, how can I get rid of it?

Thanks!
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 12, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Looks like a likely area for veggies....
No turf at my house.... Don't have that patchy lawn complaint...
As a result, I have a ton of songbirds and butterflies.

If you don't want to plant food, Howza bout a nice shade tree.... That should solve the issue nicely.... Dig the entire area out, and replace it with mulch after planting the tree.

Very important to prevent that allopathic turf from competing with a valuable shade tree....
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 12, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Is that horsetail grass (Equisetum sp.)?
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porkpal
May 12, 2017 12:22 PM CST
The best solution - short of turning the lawn into a nice vegetable garden - is to just pull the stuff up. Almost any herbicide that will kill the undesirable grass, will kill the rest too.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 12, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Or just mow it. Some undesireables respond well to regular mowing. Often just preventing it from going to seed will eliminate whatever it is.
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bla00106
May 12, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Thanks for the replies. I don't think its horsetail grass (though I could be wrong).

Unfortunately, I've been mowing it for 2 years and it continues to grow with a vengeance.

I guess digging/pulling it up is the best solution.
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sooby
May 13, 2017 8:15 AM CST
Can you pull up a whole plant and take a picture? I'm wondering if it is a Juncus of some kind but it may help to see the whole plant.

Is it only in that one spot or is it scattered throughout the lawn?
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Bonehead
May 13, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Another thought: instead of battling whatever it is, just roll with it. Plunk 3 boulders in the space (2 together, 1 set apart), add a bench, and voila - instant sitting area for little expense!
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