Grassy Weed – Carpetgrass

(Axonopus compressus)

Carpetgrass – also referred to as Broadleaf Carpetgrass – is a perennial grassy weed. Preferring moist soils, Axonopus compressus can often be found growing in humid to sub-humid wooded areas and can also spread to turf and landscaped areas. Carpetgrass can be found in the southern United States along the Gulf Coast and up the Atlantic Coast to the Carolinas.

Identifying Carpetgrass -

Carpetgrass can be identified as a spreading perennial grassy weed with a creeping growth habit. It produces many plants at short intervals. Its collar is narrow, indistinct and hairy at the edges. Its sheaths are compressed and flattened. Carpetgrass also features short blades that are rounded at the tip and nodes that are densely hairy.

Carpetgrass commonly forms extensive patches in moist areas of turfgrass areas, including lawns and other landscaping.

Carpetgrass Control -

Carpetgrass typically exhibits a low, creeping growth habit, making it tough to contain using cultural weed control methods. Professionally selected and applied weed control are recommended for removal.

Carpet Grass

Scotts LawnService recommends cultural weed control practices to reduce Carpetgrass in your lawn and landscaping. This is due to the limited number of selective weed control product options to kill this weed. However, this weed can be controlled with non-selective weed controls such as Round-Up®, which will kill this weed and surrounding turfgrass. Re-seeding may be necessary to repair treated areas where Round-Up is used.

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