Barnyardgrass is an annual grassy weed. Preferring moist, nutrient-rich soils, Echinochloa crus-galli is often found growing in croplands, nurseries, and turfgrass areas – including landscaped areas. Barnyardgrass thrives throughout most of North America.
Identifying Barnyardgrass -
Barnyardgrass can be identified as a coarse, sprawling, purple-tinged annual. It features a broad, continuous collar and compressed sheaths that are very flat, and also purple tinged near the base. Its blades are flat, narrow at the base and thick mid-vein, and may be sparsely hairy along the edges.
Barnyardgrass has a seedhead forming a coarse, branching panicle. Its stems are often found lying flat in the turf.
Barnyardgrass Control -
Because of its horizontal, fan-shaped growth tendencies, cultural weed control methods are largely ineffective for removing Barnyardgrass from your lawn or landscaping. However a healthy dense lawn can help prevent Barnyardgrass from becoming established. Where large infestations are present, physical removal can be effective, but can often be very time consuming and impractical.
Existing Barnyardgrass can be controlled by a selective post emergent weed controls. To prevent future infestation, Scotts LawnService recommends selective pre-emergent control treatments to fight Barnyardgrass in your lawn and landscaping.
Scotts LawnService is the trusted industry leader for professional quality lawn care. Our exclusive lawn care products include premium grass seeds and professional-grade fertilizers; our lawn service teams are comprised of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Barnyardgrass control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.