Preemergent control of Nimblewill (Muhlenbergia schreberi)

Asked July 31, 2019, 6:57 PM EDT

Marian, thank you for your response. I have a follow-up question. You stated there is "no preemergent that will effectively control this grass as it is a perennial not an annual grass". Because it is a perennial, nimblewill will regenerate from the rootstock. From what I read elsewhere Nimblewill does produce seeds in late summer. I am trying to understand why a preemergent control would not keep nimblewill seeds from germinating. I plan to mechanically and or use Roundup to kill the active nimblewill grass but I am concerned that the seeds will germinate in the spring. Will a preemergent such as Dimension, Barricade or Scotts Halts at least keep the new nimblewill seeds from germinating? thanks again,

Prince George's County Maryland

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Perennial grass weeds are not controlled by preemergent herbides. The herbicides you mentioned above would not be effective. Nimblewill can spread by stolons and seed. If the nimblewill is mown a regular basis, it may not go to seed. Otherwise, if seed is present, you can bag the grass clippings.
Post emergents and nonselective herbicdes are used for nimblewill, a perennial grassy weed. Here is more on lawn herbicides, perennial grassy weeds, and a link from Penn State

Preemergents are used for annual grassy weeds such as crabgrass and stiltgrass.