How Can I Get Rid of Couch Grass?

Updated February 21, 2017

Couch grass, also known as quackgrass, is actually not a type of grass at all. It's a weed that can invade your lawn and affect the appearance of your landscaping. When not dealt with, couch grass can potentially spread very quickly. This means that when you notice it, you should take action and start getting rid of the couch grass as soon as you can.

Remove rye straw from your garden and landscaping. This can attract the formation of couch grass.

Use a garden trowel to cut out and remove couch grass. Shallow removal is best because the reproductive parts of the couch grass are underground.

Cover the area with mulch. This helps to smother new couch grass that attempts to grow.

Slice off new blades of couch grass that appear using a garden hoe to help keep them under control. This starves the roots of the weed and the reproductive parts to stop the growth cycle.

Use chemical control to get rid of the couch grass when all other methods fail. The herbicide you choose needs to have glyphosate in it to get rid of couch grass. Apply it every 48 hours to eliminate this weed.


Using a rototiller where couch grass is present will only cause it to spread, so get rid of the couch grass before doing so.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Mulch
  • Hoe
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