Grassy Weed – Downy Brome

(Bromus tectorum)

Downy Brome – also referred to as Downy Chess or Cheatgrass – is a winter annual grassy weed. Preferring open disturbed areas, Bromus tectorum is frequently found growing in waste areas, cropland, hayland, pastureland, rangeland, old fields, and along roadsides. Downy Brome is found throughout much of North America.       

Identifying Downy Brome -

Downy Brome can be identified as a slender, vertically growing winter annual. Its ligule is medium-tall, with jagged edges and hairs near the top. The sheaths are not compressed, featuring hairy, prominent veins that are pinkish in color below the ground. Its leaf blades are hairy on both sides, with young leaves usually twisted.

Downy Brome also features a soft, drooping seedhead that is often purple-tinged and has a fibrous root system.

Downy Brome Control -

Downy Brome is a highly invasive weed that frequently invades newly seeded areas; sometimes it is even a contaminant of low-quality grass seeds. Avoid Downy Brome by choosing high quality, professional grade grass seeds such as Scotts® Pure Premium™ Grass Seed Blends. If it does invade your lawn or landscaping, professionally applied herbicides are the best method for removal.

Downy Brome

Scotts LawnService recommends a systemic weed control program which ensures the weed control is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all. Scotts also uses only professional grade grass seeds, free from contaminants and other impurities. However Downy Brome is not normally competitive weed and does not survive in well maintained turfgrass.

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 consist of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Downy Brome control option available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.