How to remove rye grass

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How to remove rye grass
If left unchecked, rye grass can smother your existing lawn. (Amit Basu Photography/Moment/Getty Images)

Gardeners and homeowners fight against rye grass, because it can slow down lawn growth. Rye grass can easily become infected with fungal diseases that can cause problems for your existing lawn grass and garden plants. Take out and kill the rye grass to keep this weed from competing with your lawn for the soil nutrients.

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Things you need

  • Coloured chalk
  • Spade
  • Bin bag
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Rocks
  • Garden rake
  • Lawn seed
  • Hand held feeder
  • Compost

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  1. 1

    Locate the areas of your lawn where the rye grass is growing. Rye grass grows glossy leaves with clumps of flowers between September and April. Mark the locations you need to focus on by sprinkling coloured chalk around the rye grass.

  2. 2

    Dig 5 cm (2 inches) deep around the rye grass area with a spade. Water the area if the soil is compacted and difficult to dig into. Lift the rye grass area from underneath, subsequently removing the rye grass and the underlying root system. Place the removed rye grass into a wheel barrow or bin bag.

  3. 3

    Cut a landscaping fabric that is infused with herbicide to place over the rye grass area. The landscaping fabric infused with the herbicide will retard the growth of rye grass seeds and weeds. Place rocks on the fabric to keep it down. Keep the landscaping fabric over the rye grass areas during the warmest part of the summer for four to six weeks.

  4. 4

    Lift and remove the rocks covering the landscape fabric. Remove the fabric and aerate the soil by raking the rye grass area.

  5. 5

    Pour your preferred lawn seed into a handheld feeder. Apply a thin layer of your lawn seed on to the bare areas of your lawn.

  6. 6

    Cover your lawn seeds with 3.25 mm (1/8 inch) of compost. Water the lawn seeds. Water the germinating grass with a light mist three to four times a day. Keep watering the seeds until the grass is about 2.5 cm (1 inch) tall before returning to your normal watering routine.

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