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Weed of the Week: Goosegrass

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida.

Goosegrass seedling (left) and mat-like rosette (right). Photo credit: Nathan S. Boyd, UF/IFAS

This week’s weed of the week is Goosegrass (Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.). Goosegrass is a summer annual found throughout Florida’s gardens, lawns, roadsides, and open fields. Goosegrass is found through most of the tropics and ranges into northeastern Canada.

Goosegrass is a tufted, or grouped, grass with upright growth. Plants form low-growing matted, grass-like clumps that fan out from a central point. Goosegrass grows well in compact, wet soils and competes successfully with warm- and cool-season turf grasses. It’s vigorous growth and abundant seed production make it an aggressively intrusive weed.

For more information on Goosegrass, including specific recommendations for chemical, physical and cultural weed controls, please consult Biology and Management of Goosegrass (Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.) in Ornamental Crop Production.

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