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Lawn Care 101: Types of Water Grass And How to Get Rid of Them

It is required that your lawn gets rid of water grass. Encouraging them in your lawn could spell disaster for other plants as these weeds could impair their growth. Step up your knowledge further about water grass weeds, and know how to achieve a 'water grass-free' lawn.
Azmin Taraporewala
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Have you seen grass flourish in water? Have you wondered and posed a "what's that?" to yourself. If you have just nodded (I consider it a yes!), then here is the answer. This type of grass is called water grass. Some grasses can survive in dry soil, whereas some require an environment that is wet and muddy. Water grass thrives in a soggy and wet surrounding.
Types of Water Grass Weeds 
Numerous species of water grass weeds could be found in lawns that are not substantially cared for. Due to poor lawn mowing practices and improper lawn care, the lawn becomes a breeding ground for weeds. A weed that appreciates a cool envelope is the quack-grass that spreads through fleshy creeping rhizomes. It could be synonymous to being called the 'most-difficult-to-control' weed in the lawns. Another type of grass that is fond of damp and moist conditions is the tall fescue grass. The fescue grass has a broad and glossy leaf blade.
Adopting poor lawn mowing habits can lead to the growth of crabgrass. Crabgrass grows in an environment that invites light and water in abundance. A hot and sunny weather condition is what crabgrass prefers for its growth. Crabgrass frequents lawns annually when the temperature of the soil ranges anywhere between 55 to 60 degree F for few days consistently. Nimblewill is another grassy weed that could be categorized as a warm weather perennial. Also called the wiregrass, this weed loses its color at the onset of cool weather.
How to Get Rid of Water Grass
  • Primarily, one needs to identify the weed type and take the required action to control the condition.
  • Consulting an authority on agriculture with regards to what needs to be done and which herbicide be doctored will work out best to ensure a cautious start.
  • Vinegar acts as a natural water grass killer. Vinegar should be applied on the grass. It could be sprayed as well, but one needs to keep close proximity with the weed. The spraying process should be carried out carefully. Vinegar, if not applied to the targeted weeds could prove to be a bane for the grass in your lawn. Early fall serves to be the right time to administer the vinegar on the weed directly.
  • To curb the growth of crabgrass, one needs to block sunlight. Blocking sunlight by tying a cloth and further layering it with a bag could serve to be the solution.
  • Water grass thrives on water. It needs water in bulk. Restrict water supply if it exists in the vicinity.
  • To further cease the growth, dig up the grass thoroughly so that the roots are destroyed. A word of caution: The digging activity should be undertaken with utmost scrutiny and care. The seeds of the grass must not spread to the neighboring areas.
  • Remember to add a fertilizer regularly and reseed the area. One also needs to understand that the herbicide once applied has to be repeated the next season.
  • A herbicide application tip: avoid the mowing activity two days before and after the chemical is used. Another activity that is strictly prohibited is watering the area where the herbicide is administered, at least for a day or two.
So, don't waste time. Get rid of those plague-y water grass weeds; because, a lush-green and healthy grass is a sign of a lawn looked after. Lawn care is important ... don't let it starve for your attention!
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