Type of Weed: Grassy Weed
Rescuegrass is a cool-season annual grassy weed that thrives in the cold, dry weather of winter and early spring before plants die back in the summer heat.
This bunching-type weed is common throughout most of the southern United States and is often found in lawns, golf courses, sports fields, and pastures.
Its name derives from its ability to provide good forage to “rescue” grazing animals during cold, dry spells.
Rescuegrass is hardy and can survive in droughts and a variety of environments and temperatures making control of this lawn weed somewhat challenging.
How to Identify
Due to the adaptability and hardy nature of rescuegrass, traditional control methods such as hand pulling or mowing are generally ineffective. This grassy weed can spread via seeds and root remnants and can survive both drought and cold temperatures. Some post-emergent herbicides can be effective at removing established rescuegrass, but they should be applied while the plants are still immature and growing. To stop the spread of rescuegrass, professionally applied herbicide treatments are recommended.