Unlike problem creeping grasses in the lawn, clumping and tufted grasses have the advantage of having restricted horizontal spread. However, after mowing they leave an obvious stub behind. In coarser species (such as Crowsfoot), this can create a trip hazard.
Early identification and swift action can prevent a serious problem developing. In small numbers, these grasses are relatively easy to dig out. However, clumping or tufted grass weeds usually spread freely from seed and quickly multiply. For this reason, it is particularly important to maintain a regular mowing schedule to prevent these grasses from heading (setting flowers and seed). If a headed tufted grass is to be removed or mowed, and if plant numbers are small, clip the head and seal it in a bag to avoid inadvertently re-seeding the area.
Topics covered are:
- Compacted Sites
- Shade Areas
- Prime Conditions
Weeds looked at are:
- Elastic Grass, Wire Grass
- Parramatta Grass (Dwarf), Rat's Tail Grass (Sporobolus africanus)
- Crowsfoot, Goosegrass (Eleusine indica)
- Winter Grass (Poa annua)
- Paspalum, Common Paspalum