Lawn Service to Eliminate Japanese Stiltgrass in Allentown, PA.

The invasive weed known as Japanese Stiltgrass can overtake your lawn and your grass before you know it. Originally this weed is found in parts of Asia like Japan and China, and throughout the central Indian region. Japanese Stiltgrass was originally found in the midwest, and has spread across most regions in the United States.

The problem with Japanese Stiltgrass is that it can quickly spread, especially in thinly rooted grass. Thriving in over-watereed areas or shaded parts of your lawn, this weed can become a problem even in pavement or concrete cracks. It most often thrives in soil that ranges from acidic to neutral, and especially in areas where tree clippings and leaves fall. The natural defoliation of trees gives this invasive weed the nutrients it needs to multiply.

On your property, Japanese Stiltgrass can invade your lawn or garden and even your landscape beds as well. Typically however this weed does not do well in direct sunlight or areas with standing water.

How to use Lawn Care and remove Japanese Stiltgrass

This weed is also known as  vimineum, and it grows between 2 and 3.5 feet. It’s easily identified by the pale green coloration and the lance shaped leaves. The Japanese Stiltgrass weed also features silver streaks in the leaves, making them stand out from other grass blades in your lawn.

When observed close up, Japanese Stiltgrass can often look like bamboo leaves. In the fall, these Japanese Stiltgrass weed scan produce thin flower spikes that show up in pairs. Once this weed blooms the dry fruits are produced, which range in color between yellow and red.

Japanese Stiltgrass can grow and overtake your property quickly, which is why immediate lawn care is required. The roots of this weed may be shallow and easy to dig up, the rooting from stem nodes on the weed helps to propagate more of this invasive weed. Each mature plant can create up to 1,000 seeds. These seeds are small and can easily cling or stick to clothing or shoes, which makes the spread of this Japanese Stiltgrass plant very dangerous.

There’s a lot of different types of grass, that can often be misidentified as Japanese Stiltgrass. That’s why you need the right lawn care tips to help identify the weed properly. Here’s how to control the growth of this weed through the proper lawn care.

Manual removal – Uprooting Japanese Stiltgrass requires the use of a hoe or a small spade. Although you’ll need to dig up the plant and possibly the surrounding areas, it’s important to keep digging to a minimum. You don’t want to disturb more of the soil that could possibly impact other plants.

You can also mow your lawn, which is a normal part of lawn care regardless. However increasing the frequency in which you mow your lawn could cause problems. Although you can control Japanese Stiltgrass by mowing, it can still set seed. If you’ve got Japanese Stiltgrass in your yard, mow your grass in the early fall months which will cut off the flowering culm. This stops the seeding of this Japanese Stiltgrass weed.

Control of Japanese Stiltgrass – Another lawn care tip that can help pre-emerging weeds is the careful use of mulch. Proper mulch when spread in shaded areas can prevent these weed saplings from breaking through and developing into a problem.