Eliminating Kikuyu Grass / St Augustine's Grass

Asked August 25, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

About to weed a bed for about the 10th time in front of the house. It is filled with Kikuyu grass. Is it best to dig out all the shrubs and perennials and shovel out deeply then replant? Client prefers not to use weed killers if possible. If they need to be eradicated with weed killers, please advise. Thank you!

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

We are not familiar with Kikuyu grass in Maryland. It has the potential to become a non-native invasive plant and create an environmental nightmare. Please advise your client of the seriousness of eliminating this plant for the sake of the environment before it can spread beyond her property Please be extremely careful to kill any kikuyu you remove (you may need to place it in black plastic bags with some moisture and let it turn to mush before landfilling--do not merely throw it out at the landfill where it can take root).

Because you are commercial, you can contact the turfgrass specialist Tom Turner down at the UMD turfgrass facility. His number is 301-405-4431 and his email is tturner@umd,edu

Meanwhile, here is a website from California that gives an idea of the aggressiveness of this plant and options for removal. Because it does not get hot enough in Maryland, solarization is not an option: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7458.html