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Pest Information

Carpetgrass

Carpetgrass

  • Latin Name: Axonopus Affinis
  • Common Name: Carpetgrass
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Carpetgrass
Carpetgrass
Carpetgrass

Origin:

Found throughout the world in mild climates, and in the U.S. in the eastern half of the country.

Biology:

A perennial grass which reproduces by either seeds or stolons, and which is capable of forming thick stands over open soils, and a noticeable presence in turf. It may even be used deliberately in combination with other grass varieties where soil retention is needed in unmaintained areas.

Identification:

Leaf blades are smooth on both upper and lower surfaces, but there are a few hairs on the margin of the sheath at the base of the leaf, and the nodes on the stems are densely hairy. The leaf blades are wide, with the tip of the blade distinctly rounded. Seed heads are similar to crabgrass, with up to 5 branches on them, but typically with only 2 or 3, and with the uppermost two branches formed as a pair opposing each other.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Plants favor moist sites in low places. Applications of a grass herbicide that may selectively remove warm season grasses may be appropriate.

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