Please identify this weed in my lawn. Specify how I can have my soil tested...

Asked July 23, 2018, 3:40 PM EDT

Please identify this weed in my lawn. Specify how I can have my soil tested for improvements needed to control this weed.

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1 Response

Receiving your question made my day. Too many landscapers and gardeners do not take the time to wonder if their soil is in good enough shape to grow what they are planting. They know a hole must be dug or seed spread out, water should be added, and after that, to add some type of fertilizer. For the most part, this process usually works. But when it doesn’t they don’t know what could be wrong. This is why good gardeners know their soil. Soils contain the nutrients, water, and living organisms that help create healthy and sustainable gardens and landscapes. Recommendations based on the test results will improve these qualities.

Master Gardeners do not offer soil testing. However, all the information on when to test, how and where to send the soil samples and a list of the soil and testing labs can be found at this OSU site.

https://hamilton.osu.edu/sites/hamilton/files/imce/Soil%20Testing%20for%20Ohio%20Lawns,%20Landscapes,%20Fruit%20Crops,%20and%20Vegetable%20Gardens%20_%20Ohioline.pdf

I’m not sure about your weed. It could be Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) Check this OSU weed-guide site to see if it matches your plant.

http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/weedguide/single_weed.php?id=20