How to Remove Ryegrass from your Garden

Easy Tips on How to Remove Ryegrass from Your Garden

If you are looking for tips on how to remove ryegrass from your garden, then you are at the right place. Keep reading for more information.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Dec 9, 2017
Ryegrass is considered to be one of the best grass varieties for lawn gardens. They look amazing when they are well maintained and green. They usually grow in winters and are capable of standing even in harsh summers. But this doesn't mean that summers do not affect them. They may get dry and may die in some parts which may give your garden a patchy and bad look. One more problem with this grass is that they very quickly get infected with fungal diseases and can cause problems to the other existing plants. So in order to save the other plants or to give your garden a new look, you may require tips to get rid of rye grass. So, in this Gardenerdy article we will discuss how to remove ryegrass from your garden following some simple tips.

How to Get Rid of Ryegrass

Ryegrass is known to adapt to various conditions. If properly taken care of, it can stay in your lawn for the entire year. It is commonly found in regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. You can get ryegrass seeds from the nursery and can easily watch it growing. But those who already have ryegrass in their lawns and finally need a change from this grass type, may continue reading the article as I have some tips on how to remove ryegrass.

Things Required
  • White chalk powder
  • Thatch rake
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Herbicide
  • Spade
  • Mower
  • Plastic Sheet
Method #1
  • The foremost thing to do is to locate the ryegrass. They are characterized by glossy leaves and clumpy flowers which are found in the months between September and April. So locate the area and sprinkle white chalk power on it so as to mark the spot.
  • Now take a spade and dig about 2 inches deep around the area you have marked. You can moisten the soil if it is too hard with the help of water and remove all the ryegrass from that area.
  • Now take the landscaping fabric which is filled with herbicides. Place this fabric over the rye grass area. As this is infused with herbicides it will restrict the growth of ryegrass seeds. Put something heavy over the fabric in order to keep it down. The best time to place this fabric is the summer which will completely vanish the growth of these grasses.
  • Now when you want some other plants or grass to grow at that place, just remove the fabric and aerate it with the help of the thatch rake and pour the preferred seed, composite and water.
Method #2
  • Locate the rye grass in your garden and mow it as much as possible with the help of mower.
  • As rye grasses rely a lot on water to get rid of them you need to stop watering them. After about two weeks of dryness, just cover the area with a plastic sheet. This plastic sheet will restrict the entry of moisture completely and the hot sun during the day will kill the rye grass completely.
  • Now with the help of the thatch rake, rake your lawn and remove all the dead grass from it. Leave the land like that for some days so that any remaining grass will die as well.
  • Watch if the rye grass are still growing over the next two weeks. If it happens then get herbicides and treat the land with it. Do not do this spraying on a windy day or when it is raining as it can affect the other healthy plants also.
  • Once you get rid of these grasses completely, you can try out other grasses or plants at its place.
These were some of the simple methods to follow if you want to get rid of rye grass. Take care while using herbicides as it may be dangerous for other plants. You can cover other plants with the help of a plastic sheet while spraying. But do not forget to remove it once you are done with the spraying. Hope this article was helpful and informative.