Bermudagrass Control in Landscapes

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Bermudagrass, crabgrass and other annual grasses seem to defy the drought conditions that make our landscape plants wilt. Annual grassy weeds, like crabgrass, can be removed by hand and controlled with mulches and preemergence herbicides. But perennial grasses, like bermudagrass, are much more difficult to remove. Spot applications of glyphosate are effective, but may damage ornamental plants. Selective herbicides for the control of bermudagrass and other weedy grasses are available for commercial and consumer uses. Sethoxydim, fluazifop-ethyl, clethodim, and fenoxaprop-p are labeled for over the top of most broadleaf ornamentals for selective removal of weedy grasses. Factsheets describing these products and their uses are available at the Weed Management in Nurseries, Landscapes & Christmas Trees portal.