Why is Annual Meadow Grass so damaging to your lawn?

While we want to see a lush and dense grass cover on a lawn, there are a number of weed grasses, more particularly Annual Meadow Grass that we need to discourage.

How can Annual Meadow Grass spread?

It can spread rapidly through seeding, with seeds dispersed on a 10-day cycle. Shortly after germination, seedlings develop rapid and shallow roots, which will continue to spread wherever they touch the soil. Growth is generally strongest in the late spring, although there is often another flush of growth in the early autumn, with this most undesirable of weed grasses becoming widespread if left untendered.

While Annual Meadow Grass is one of the most common weed grasses found in the UK, as our climate is perfect for its rapid reproduction, and while undesired on a lawn or any grassed area, it can establish very successfully in most soil types.

How can Annual Meadow Grass be treated?

While it cannot be guaranteed to remove all this type of grass from a lawn, due to the high level of seed production, we need to make every efforts to minimise its presence.

With no chemical application registered for use in the lawn care market, this is achieved through annual scarification, where the majority of the Annual Meadow Grass will be removed, as there is little resistance from the shallow roots. This is followed by over sowing of all bare areas with a more desirable ryegrass or fescue, aiding both the quality and the lawn appearance, achieving the lush and dense grass cover you desire.


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