Grassy Weed – Goosegrass

(Eleusine indica)

Goosegrass also referred to as Silver Crabgrass, Wire-grass, Yard-grass, Bullgrass and Crowfoot-grass – is a perennial grassy weed. Eleusine indica is primarily found in disturbed sites, lawns, and growing in cracks in concrete and pavement. Goosegrass is commonly found throughout much of the continental United States.

Identifying Goosegrass -

Goosegrass can be identified as a horizontally growing, dark green annual forming a wiry, tough rosette. Its ligule is toothed, divided at the center, and its blades are folded along the midvein. Goosegrass sheaths are compressed and flattened, white near the base and sparsely hairy along the edges.

Goosegrass seedheads typically contain anywhere from 3 -7 spikes forming at the tip of the seed stalk. The seeds are attached closely to the spike and generally germinate 2-3 weeks after crabgrass.

Goosegrass Control -

Goosegrass can be a troublesome weed if it has been introduced to your lawn. Its horizontal growth habit allows it to tolerate close mowing and it is also impervious to compacted soil and even drought. Professionally applied weed controls are the best method for complete removal.


Scotts LawnService recommends cultural weed control practices to reduce Goosegrass 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.

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 Goosegrass control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.