Goosegrass is a bunch weed that invades lawns and spreads through seeds. If you suspect you may have goosegrass, remember the following areas and timing.
When Does Goosegrass Grow?
Goosegrass grows from late spring through summer. The weed germinates when soil temperatures reach 63-65 degrees, late enough that early pre-emergent herbicide treatments may miss the germination window, allowing the weed to still grow.
This can be resolved from split applications of pre-emergent herbicide, applying the first treatment before soil temperatures are above 55 degrees. Learn more in our Goosegrass Prevention Guide.
Where Does Goosegrass Grow?
Areas of lawn that meet the following conditions are more likely to have goosegrass:
- Compacted soil
- Poor drainage
- Short turf (mowed about 1 inch tall)
- Thin, sparse grass
- Sees lots of foot traffic
Goosegrass can grow in both warm and cool-season turf throughout the United States.