Japanese Stiltgrass

piedmontnc(7b-8)April 18, 2014

Hate this stuff with extreme prejudice.

That is all.

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trianglejohn

I believe we have lost the battle with this one. I don't see how anyone can rid the woods of it. It thrives in all the inaccessible places, no way to hand weed, no way to mow, way too much to spray with pre-emergent.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 7:56PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

And, it is deceptively easy to pull out of the ground with roots intact except they're like the rootlets of our favorite wild Bermuda grass. Big Mama plant is way underground laughing at us.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 10:42PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

I have one section of it in the woods fairly close to the yard that I may try to tarp over and see if it springs to life around the perimeter. Just a test to see if depriving it of all light will kill off some of it.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 2:43PM
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ncrescue

I heard that there is a disease that will kill it coming down from the north east. Wish it would hurry.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 2:52PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Bipolaris..given its causing allergies and other severe respiratory issues in humans I think I'd rather deal with the stilt grass by cutting it down.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:46AM
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ncrescue

Oops. Didn't know about the allergies. I will have to take back my wishes.

Thanks for the information.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 7:25AM
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esh_ga

dottie, it is an annual so if you pull it out then those plants should be done (of course there are seeds waiting to sprout behind that clump).

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:56PM
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Tammy Kennedy

the problem is they seed even when fairly short, and the seed is viable for up to 7 years. so once it gets established, it's really hard to get rid of it. You can try pre-emergents next year- too late now. (unless you weed it all out, then apply a pre-emergent for the later seedlings).

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:56PM
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Sumatra(6)

It may be viable for 7 years, but in what environment? I have found that the number of stiltgrass plants is dramatically reduced with the use of solarization. The majority of seedlings that came up afterwards were mainly those on the border, where seeds spilled over from uncovered plants, or carried there by animals. Of course, it would be impossible to cover acres of the area with plastic, but for a garden plot, it is feasible.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 8:05AM
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piedmontnc(7b-8)

My chickens seem to tear through the stuff at least.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 11:36AM
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