Hi I have a question about the blood grass. I have a client that has blood...

Asked May 6, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

Hi I have a question about the blood grass. I have a client that has blood grass in her property the grass has been there for about 6 years. I cut it back every winter and it would came back little green at the base and red on top which is the normal proses but, last year it started to turn green with seed heads and now the grass is all green. I don't know what to do because my client doesn't like her blood grass turning green. I would appreciate your help. Thank you.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Blood grass is a variety of cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica) which unfortunately is one of top 10 worst weeds (i.e. non-native invasive plants) in the world. Here is a report on it from the Maryland Invasive Species Council: http://www.mdinvasivesp.org/archived_invaders/archived_invaders_2010_09.html

This "meadow" needs to be killed immediately before the infestation can spread in Maryland. For help, contact Carol Holko at the MD. Department of Agriculture: http://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/plants_pests.aspx.

There are many desirable grasses which would make a good replacement for the blood grass. We'd be glad to help you.

ECN