Can you identify this weed?

Asked July 17, 2018, 1:17 PM EDT

Are you able to determine which weed this is and if there a selective herbicide that controls it. Would this selective herbicide can it be applied by a non professional? Thanks for your help on this matter!

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like Japanese stiltgrass. Here is some information.
Next spring apply a preemergent to control stiltgrass.
Apply prior to seed germination which begins, in early spring a couple of weeks before crabgrass seeds germinate. Seedlings emerge about the same time as crabgrass. Look for the active ingredient: Prodiamine (Barricade) or other preemergents labeled for crabgrass control. Keep the area mowed to help prevent the stiltgrass from forming seeds.

For post emergent controls look at the publication from Rutgers. Fenoxaprop (trade name Acclaim Extra and Bayer Crabgrass Killer for Lawns) is listed. We do not have research on their effectiveness. This is not labeled for professionals.

Stiltgrass likes shade and will move into bare spots. The best defense is a thick stand of turf.