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TYPES of GRASSES (cont.)
by Wes Yohey

This article, and the accompanying first article, Grass Types, covers the wide variety of different grasses seen in the United States.

The following are either lesser known, or at least lesser desired grass species.

A patch of annual bluegrass Annual Bluegrass is a weedy grass that sometimes makes its way on to golf greens. Already light green, Annual Bluegrass also produces an undesireable light colored seedhead even at low heights.
A patch of barnyardgrass

Barnyardgrass is a summer weed that loves wet environments.
A patch of broomsedge

Broomsedge is a weed found commonly in open fields and along roadways. Broomsedge starts out bluish-green in color before turning light brown.
A patch of orchardgrass

The Orchardgrass weed is commonly found in tall fescue seed. Orchardgrass has a recognizable bluish-green color with a unique seedhead.
A patch of green foxtail

One of the three Foxtail weed species is Green Foxtail. Green Foxtail is a commonly found weed with the shortest seedhead of the Foxtails but longest hairs.
A patch of yellow foxtail

Yellow Foxtail is another common weed that is a bright green weed with a thicker seedhead. The third Foxtail is the Giant Foxtail which obviously has the largest seedhead with a distinguishable droop.
A patch of large crabgrass

Large Crabgrass is a common weed that grows best in good moisture and light conditions.
A patch of smooth crabgrass

Like Large Crabgrass, Smooth Crabgrass also likes a well lit and moist environment.
A patch of dallisgrass

Dallisgrass, Field Paspalum and Thin Paspalum are three very similar and hearty grass weed species that can prove difficult to combat.
A patch of thin paspalum

Similar to the above three, Thin Paspalum prefers sandy soils.
A patch of goosegrass

Goosegrass is another difficult weed to eradicate. Commonly found in high traffic areas and shorter cut lawns where the sun can heat the soil to higher temperatures. Can compete with both warm and cold season grasses and performs well in compacted soil.
A patch of velvetgrass

Velvetgrass was once commonly added to Tall Fescue to add to forage grass. As the name implies, Velvetgrass has a velvety feel to it. Velvet grass prefers a moist environment.
A patch of johnsongrass

Johnsongrass can be seen occassionally along road ways, but otherwise isn't very wide spread. When left alone, Johnsongrass can grow up to 6 feet tall with a distinguishable white midvein and purple seedhead.
A patch of crowfootgrass

Like Johnsongrass, Crowfootgrass can generally only be found along roadways. Crowfootgrass has a very recognizable seedlet structure.
A patch of sandbur

The recognized tiny spiked burrs of the Sandbur weed can be difficult to eradicate. Sandbur is most successful in sandier soils.
A patch of Japanese stillgrass

Looking like a small bamboo plant, Japanese Stiltgrass can grow up to three feet high. Japanese Stiltgrass can quickly expand and block light to the existing vegetation.

A patch of nimblewill Nimblewill grass weed can be found in shady, moist areas. Nimblewill grows to produce a dense mat and shares visual similarities with Bermudagrass.
Images for this article were gathered from the North Carolina State University.

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