Goosegrass

Goosegrass

(Eleusine indica)

Goosegrass is a prostrate-growing summer annual. The leaves are folded in the bud. Goosegrass grows in a clump with the base of the leaves being distinctively white to silver in color. The ligule is toothed, membranous, and divided at the center. Goosegrass contains hairs only at the base of the leaf.

Goosegrass is highly competitive during hot summers, and can out-compete desirable grasses where soil is compacted. Core aeration should be provided to improve soil conditions for desirable grasses. Single plants can be physically removed with a knife.

Do not seed when soil and weather conditions are appropriate for the germination of goosegrass (60 to 65 degrees F). A slightly raised mowing height may help prevent the establishment of crabgrass by providing shade from sunlight.

Source:  Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University