goosegrass weed

Type of Weed: Grassy Weed

Eleusine indica


Goosegrass is a warm-season annual grassy weed that is also known as silver crabgrass, wiregrass, or crowfoot grass.

This problematic weed is common in turfgrasses, compacted soils, high traffic areas like cracks in sidewalks, and very thin turfs in sports fields and golf courses.

Goosegrass is capable of producing tens of thousands of seeds per plant making it very capable of returning annually.

How to Identify

Goosegrass grows out horizontally in flattened clumps. Each plant can produce up to 20 upright stems that feature zipper-like seed covered spikelets. This weed reproduces via seeds and root structures. Plants emerge in early spring, thrive through summer, and die off in the first frost of fall.

Control Methods

Control Difficulty: Difficult

Due to the low-lying growth pattern of goosegrass, this weed can tolerate very close mowing and can still produce seeds even when mowed extremely low. It is also well adapted to drought and compact soils making this a very hardy warm-season weed.

Due to restrictions on the use of some herbicides, the post-emergent products labeled for use on goosegrass can only be applied on golf courses, sod farms, and right of way locations. The best way to rid your property of dallisgrass is through preventative pre-emergent herbicide treatments.

Prevention Tips

Goosegrass thrives in short, thin turf so maintaining a thick and healthy lawn is a great deterrent. Pre-emergent herbicides are available to help prevent goosegrass seeds from germinating. However, proper timing of the application is imperative, so hiring a professional lawn care company is your best choice to effectively prevent goosegrass.
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