"If I don't mow my lawn every week, the Bahia grass looks terrible. I have quite a large yard and don't know how to tackle this problem without spending a fortune on poisons, seed, or sod. Please help! Sincerely, Bahia Blues"
We know what you're going through and you're not alone. You've come to the right place and we commend you for taking the first step- admitting that you have a problem. Bahia isn't our first or favorite choice of grass for your home's lawn, either. Although it has its merits for certain uses and applications such as pastures and roadsides due to it's drought tolerance and ability to control erosion and grow in sandy and unfertilized soils, you deserve a lush green show-off lawn that is a breeze to maintain! There are a couple different options for eradicating Bahia grass, or Paspalum notatum as the sciency-folk call it, and I'll outline them for you below.
A natural bahia grass preventer is with cultural methods. Bahia grass does not tolerate shade and high nitrogen soils. When the grass is found in garden beds, it may be hand pulled but you need to be careful to get all the rhizomes. Organic mulch over 6 to 8 layers of wet newspaper is also useful to smother the plants. Consistent lawn mowing prevents the formation of seed heads and the further spread of the plant. Annual fertilization and proper watering techniques will keep sod healthy and help eradicate bahia grass. There are numerous chemicals that can kill bahia grass. The perennial grass is controlled with pre-emergent or post emergent herbicides. In a vegetable garden, it is best to use a pre-emergent chemical and wait to plant. Bahia grass control in garden beds is achieved with spot spraying of a chemical like Glyphosate. Any product with Atrazine is effective in lawns as a pre-emergent treatment. You can kill bahia grass with Imazaquin in any setting except where food items are grown. Follow up spraying may be required with any chemical. Bahia grass is a perennial grass and manual removal is difficult because of the rhizomes. The best way to kill bahia grass in most lawns is by applying a product with MSMA. If it is applied 3 times in 7- to 10-day intervals, the bahia grass will die. Any application of chemical treatments should be consistent with the product’s instructions. The best time to apply post emergent products on lawns is when the selected species has just begun to green up after winter. (thanks, gardeningknowhow.com!)
Sit on your porch, sip some sweet tea and call the GroundsMen. We'll take care of it.
We have extensive knowledge and experience with this unsightly situation of yours and frankly, if we weren't great at it, we wouldn't still be in business after 16+ years. Call us today at 912-842-4727 and we can begin work on a perfectly tailored plan to fit your needs and budget. You'll be saying goodbye to those Bahia blues in no time.