Identifying Dallisgrass and how to kill it

Posted on December 17, 2021

Ugly, scraggly weeds springing up out of your beautiful North Texas lawn?? If you have clusters of grassy weeds popping up in your yard, you may have a dallisgrass problem on your hands. Ugh! Don’t worry, though— we have some top tips from the pros here to identify dallisgrass and how to kill it.  We will help you combat this tough weed! Get ready to say “see ya later” to your dallisgrass and hello to a greener lawn!


Crabgrass vs Dallisgrass

First off, let’s make sure that the weed you are seeing is really dallisgrass! Often, people make the mistake of identifying crabgrass as dallisgrass. Both weeds tend to grow in clusters, but some key identifying factors can help you spot which is which!

crabgrass in a North Texas lawn


Crabgrass typically grows closely to the ground, staying relatively flat. Picture a crab walking low across the ground. If you see tall shoots springing up higher than the surrounding grass, it’s likely dallisgrass after all! Another physical attribute of dallisgrass is the appearance of unsightly seed heads. You might remember these as the sort of caterpillar-like bunches of seeds you may have picked as a kid. We think it’s pretty safe to say that this is not exactly the appearance you’re shooting for in your lawn goals! Unfortunately for us North Texans, both dallisgrass and crabgrass thrive in our location. While dallisgrass is a tough weed to get rid of, there are ways to control it!


Dallisgrass with seed heads in a North Texas lawn



Dallisgrass Killer

Wouldn’t it be great if there were just one magic dallisgrass weed killer that would take care of the problem forever? Even though that’s not exactly the case, some great products and lawn treatments can help. Spraying these weeds with a broad-spectrum glyphosate-based herbicide will kill your Dallisgrass on the surface but it may not completely kill the roots with one treatment.  Be very careful where you spray it because it can kill your grass and any other plants it touches. You should also avoid contact to with this herbicide.  It is recommended that you wear gloves, safety glasses,  and a mask  when using this product.  Better, yet call Weedex Lawn Care and let the professionals take care of your dallisgrass problem at 972-727-9207.

Focusing on a year-round lawn care plan or program is your best bet for a greener, thicker, and less-weed-prone lawn. Don’t wait until your yard is covered with a stubborn weed like dallisgrass. It’s going to be harder to get rid of in the long run! If you can keep a thick, healthy lawn, weeds like dallisgrass will be harder to grow. That’s a win for you!

While we’re on the topic of year-round lawn care, let’s take at how this type of plan can help prevent weeds from overrunning your life! The Weedex lawn care program is a year-long series of treatments that help control broadleaf weeds and fertilize your grass to create a greener, healthier lawn. Since Weedex’s program also helps to thicken up your grass, weeds like dallisgrass will not be able to thrive the way they can in unhealthy, sparse lawns. Let our caring, expert lawn care technicians investigate the issues in your specific yard and figure out the perfect treatment program for you! Get a free estimate when you call today: 972-727-9207


How to Get Rid of Dallisgrass

The best way to get rid of dallisgrass is to actually physically remove it! Yep, it’s time to get out your shovel and dig up those obnoxious weed clusters once and for all. If you can remove the weed from your yard entirely, you will essentially be able to stop the spread. Weeds are spread by the germination and spreading of the seeds. If you dig up the weed and toss it out altogether, there will be no seed heads left to germinate and spread! Of course, applying pre-and post-emergent herbicides at just the right time can be a crucial step to controlling this tough weed. Weedex Lawn Care can take that off your hands! Give us a call today for your free estimate: 972-727-9207


Dallisgrass Control

Controlling dallisgrass is a tricky job. This weed likes to grow and spread at a rapid pace, making it a wily opponent for even the savviest gardener! Even though it is a stubborn weed, there are still steps you can take to ensure that you are able to keep it at bay.


Here are our top 3 tips for keeping dallisgrass under control in your lawn!

1.   Mowing regularly.

 Surprisingly, mowing at least once per week can be an effective tool to help you stop dallisgrass in its tracks. Dallisgrass develops seed heads very rapidly. Once the seed head develops, the weed can start to spread across your lawn, creating more and more ugly clusters! Try mowing weekly to prevent the seeds from forming and spreading altogether. You may be pleased with the results!


2.   Apply the right herbicides at the correct times.

 Selecting the perfect herbicide for dallisgrass control can be a bit of a tricky game. There is a lot to consider when choosing an herbicide, such as climate, type of turf in your lawn, season and weather conditions, and more. The best way to tackle this weed with herbicides would be to cultivate a year-round program for yourself to ensure all your bases are covered throughout the year, or of course, by calling in a professional lawn care service to take care of it for you.

Weedex Lawn Care’s lawn treatment program includes pre-and post-emergent weed control with an eight-treatment program occurring every five to seven weeks throughout the year. These timely treatment applications will help to keep weeds

like dallisgrass under control year long!

3.   Care for your lawn overall!

 Since you’re here, we know you care about the health and appearance of your lawn! With dedicated care like that, you can ensure your lawn’s thick, healthy growth. A dense, thick, healthy lawn can play a part in weed control! Did you know that? When you help your yard with lawn treatments and proper TLC, not only are you creating a soft, lush, and lovely lawn to step out onto and enjoy, but you are also helping to combat those weeds. A thick green lawn will choke out weeds like dallisgrass, preventing them from growing in the first place. You can’t get much better than that! If you want to get a greener lawn, give us a call at Weedex! Our expert lawn care technicians will help your turfgrass thrive. Get a free quote now: 972-727-9207


Dallisgrass Removal

Alright, so you are ready to try your hand at eradicating dallisgrass from your lawn. Let’s do it! First, you’ll need to decide on the method of weed removal you want to go with. When it comes to removing dallisgrass, your only option is complete and total removal. And we mean total! If even a sliver of the root system is left behind, you’ll find the weed shooting back up out of your soil in a flash. So annoying, right? So here is how you can ensure a clean and complete removal of your dallisgrass!

First, you can pull the weeds by hand or dig them up entirely. Let’s look at the pros and cons to decide which is best for you.

The first con we can check off our list when it comes to pulling the clusters of dallisgrass is how taxing it can be! Your hands will ache, you’ll be sweating all over the place, and, likely, you won’t be able to remove the entire root system by pulling. The roots of dallisgrass can go up to one meter deep! That’s quite a long root to pull by hand. And remember, it only takes a little bit of the roots to grow new shoots and seed heads, so all of that hard work may be in vain! Talk about frustrating. The only pro we can think of for pulling weeds is that you do not need any additional tools besides your hands. Well, maybe a pair of gardening gloves for good measure, but you get the point. Let’s move into the pros and cons of digging the weed.

Pros of digging up dallisgrass with a shovel or sharpshooter spade include the surgical precision removal of the entire weed system because you can dig up the surrounding soil until you are sure you got the whole cluster. A con could be the manpower, yet again, but with a weed this tough, we know it’s never going to be easy!

Okay, we have probably narrowed your solutions down to digging up dallisgrass with a shovel or sharpshooter shovel. Now, let’s get to work!


How to Dig up Dallisgrass:

Step one: shower your lawn with water. Giving your yard a quick soak will help to soften the soil, making your digging project a little less difficult. If you only have dallisgrass in a few visible places, you can just shower these spots alone.


sharp shooter shovel


Step two: get your sharpshooter shovel ready. This tool is precise and will assist you in digging down to the end of the root. Try to dig a compact disk shape all around the weed cluster to ensure that you dig up every bit of the root system.

Step three: get to digging! Firmly press your spade’s sharp tip into the soil just outside the cluster of dallisgrass you’re tackling. You can break the ground in a circle around the cluster, then go deeper to find the end of the root. Pry the entire cluster, roots, soil, and all, up out of the ground and into a wheelbarrow or garbage bag. If you have lots of clusters throughout your lawn, a wheelbarrow might be your best friend because all that attached soil will get heavy! Double-check your work to see that no root or seed head is left behind. You definitely don’t want to be doing this again anytime too soon!


Herbicide for Dallisgrass

While removing the dallisgrass clusters that you see in your lawn physically is your best bet for getting rid of this ugly weed.  A broad-spectrum glyphosate-based herbicide can undoubtedly aid in killing dallisgrass and it’s control! Applying a pre-emergent weed control product can help prevent the seeds from germinating and eventually kill off the dallisgrass, but only when applied at the right time and in the right way.

To make sure that your lawn has the best chance of thriving with fewer weeds popping up all over the place, we recommend selecting Weedex Lawn Care’s year-round lawn care treatment program. This program already includes everything you need for a greener lawn. You are promoting thick and healthy growth to choke out weeds, as well as the application of the pre-and post-emergent weed control products. Our timely services include eight (8) strategic visits to your lawn throughout the year.

One reason why it is important to apply both pre-and post-emergent weed control products on your lawn multiple times per year is that a pre-emergent alone will not kill weeds that are already visible. However, it will help set the scene for the next season so that you see a reduction in weeds in general. Dallisgrass is an extra tricky weed and may require some extra attention beyond the year-round lawn care program. We would love to have the opportunity to care for your lawn! As we always say, greener lawn, happier you! Satisfaction guaranteed.


Dallisgrass Control in St Augustine

St Augustine is a very common type of turf in North Texas. If you have St Augustine in your lawn, you know that it can be a beautiful type of lawn to enjoy when it’s not covered in weeds! Imagine sitting out on your front porch, lemonade in hand, surveying your beautiful, lush, green lawn. Ahh, what a pleasant picture, right? We would love to help you get there! After going through our year-round lawn care treatment program,  we think your lawn will become your mini staycation spot. Enjoying your time at home is more important now than ever. We don’t want your yard to create stress in your mind when you pull up in your driveway! If dallisgrass is springing up from the lawn you love, we know just how frustrating that can be. Trust us. We know all about dealing with stubborn, ugly weeds! Give us a call today to talk to our super helpful staff, and let us give you a free quote. 972-727-9207 We would love to be a part of helping you to relax and enjoy your lawn more than ever before!

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