Is this a weed?

Asked July 2, 2016, 1:24 PM EDT

My neighbor has a large area on his hill that is filled with the weed pictured in the attached. He has tried to kill it, but nothing seems to work. Can you identify and advise what to use?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

We are not entirely sure which weed this is from your photos. Does it ever bloom? (Smartweed would have small stems of pink dotty-looking flowers. Japanese stiltgrass is a grass with a white vein running just off center down the leaf.)

Either way, you should be able to pull it- both come out easy. You could also use a non-selective herbicide containing the active ingredient glyphosate to kill it back to the roots, following label instructions carefully.