What to do with this dreaded cheatgrass?!
Hi there! We recently purchased a property in Bend that has 2/3 of an acre and it's covered in cheatgrass. It's already gone to seed and has completely taken over our property. We also have a toddler and would love to avoid chemicals if possible. What should we do to contain it? Once it's contained, what should we grow to compete with it? I also read about the bacteria strains (D7) that some researchers are hopeful about. We want to be a test ground for it, in case you have any that you're looking to test! Thanks for your help.
Deschutes County Oregon
Hi, You can remove it by hand or machine if you are not interested in spraying it with an herbicide. The old grass can be burned off with a propane burner(during the right time of year - not during wildfire season). There is likely a large seed base established which will take several seasons to try and minimize. Cheat grass is extremely tough to get rid of if you are not using an herbicide. My understanding from our statewide weed specialists is that the D7 is not available for homeowner use a this time. For overseeding you can use native grasses: here is a link to some of those listed here: You could check with Wintercreek Restoration for seeds or maybe Wilco.
Here is some additional information on cheat grass control: http://wric.ucdavis.edu/information/natural%20areas/wr_B/Bromus_diandrus-madritensis-tectorum.pdf
Let me know if you have further questions. Thanks