How to Get Rid of Grass Burrs
If you have a sandy soil you may have noticed a lot of different growing grasses in your yard and you wonder what they are. If you see something that looks like grass that are shiny green and has spikelets and burs, you may be looking at a type of weed which is known as grass burrs. At first, you pay no attention to it, but as you realize, they can present trouble if you don’t do anything about them.
Grass burrs usually grow in sandy soil and during late spring. But they actually start germinating all year round as perennials. Since this type of weed has spikes in it, they can stick to your clothing and can irritate your skin. The worst part is that they will take over your yard, killing other plants by absorbing the nutrients they should get.
Grass burrs are not that hard to remove as long as you get rid of it while they are young. You should remember that the solution that you will apply to get rid of them can also affect the plants that surround them. With a little patience and know how, you can deal with this problem fairly easily. And to help you with your task, here are the things that you can do to them:
Use corn gluten while they are young
Grass burrs grow and they do not just magically pop out of nowhere. You can use corn gluten during the growing season of grass burrs which is in March. All you have to do is spread corn gluten on the affected area. You don’t have to use a lot of corn gluten since you can apply about 10 lbs of the item to at least 1,000 square feet of land.
Perhaps, another reason why corn gluten is so good to use with grass burrs is they serve two purposes. Aside from killing the grass burrs, corn gluten has the ability to enrich the soil which would discourage the grass burrs from growing. Gluten can also prevent the growth of other plants that you don’t intend to grow with the ones that you started with.
Keep your lawn in great condition
Grass burrs usually grow in soil that is in bad shape. As mentioned earlier, grass burrs thrive in soil that is dry and sandy. This is the reason why you should keep your lawn well watered and irrigated. You can use products that will ensure that the soil is in good condition. Try mulch or compost which will increase the organic content of the soil.
If you have grass burrs already sprouting in your yard, make sure that you mow them and do it regularly. Do not leave the clippings lying on the ground and instead, place them in a bag and throw them away. Grass burrs are very persistent and a few stray burrs will allow for germination and spread of another batch of grass burrs for you to deal with.
Remove them manually
One of the best ways to deal with grass burrs is by manually removing them. To make sure that this is done right, you should start out with proper gears such as gloves as the burrs have spikes that can injure you.
Pull out the grass burrs through weeding and making sure that you pull the out from the roots which will prevent burrs from going back to the ground and start germinating again. It can be a tedious task but this guarantees that you can get each and every grass burr there is.