Dallis Grass
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Author:  PrinciPAL [ Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Dallis Grass

What organic solutions are there to eradicating existing Dallis grass in golf course turf (419 bermuda) without damaging the bermuda or other surrounding plants?

Author:  user_48634 [ Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:16 am ]
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If you have a small area it pulls out pretty easily. For larger areas I'm not sure whether vinegar works against it or not.

Author:  dotdirt [ Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:40 pm ]
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I've stopped treating our properties with vinegar on Dallisgrass. Believe it or not, we get out there with sharpshooters and a bag of compost, dig them out, and refill the hole with compost. We've found it to be the quickest way. It really helps to do it after a rain or the day after the irrigation has run when the ground is softer. They pop out in 3 seconds. In one hour you can usually get rid of about 40 of them.

Hope that helps,

Author:  northwesterner [ Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:55 pm ]
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I agree, that stuff is so tough vinegar is just a tickle to it. Sharpshooter or spade fork, choose your weapon, but take it out manually when the soil is soft. And it's better to get it now rather than waiting till it gets big later on.

Author:  produce guy [ Thu May 03, 2012 1:33 pm ]
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What is a Sharpshooter?

Author:  northwesterner [ Thu May 03, 2012 5:28 pm ]
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It's a kind of shovel, narrow and long, good for surgical digging (so to speak).

The second from the left and the center shovels.


Author:  Vulture [ Mon May 21, 2012 9:20 am ]
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what about Fiskars or GardenWeasel or something like that?

I've got a huge amount of dallisgrass (among other weeds) to pull up and the thought of breaking my back w/ a sharpshooter isn't appealing. Anyone use these tools?

Author:  northwesterner [ Mon May 21, 2012 1:37 pm ]
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A garden weasle isn't big enough for it. Dallis grass has big solid root that leaves a hole 6 - 12" deep, that's why the compost - otherwise you'll break an ankle later stepping in the hole!

I use a spade fork, but I can see why a sharpshooter would also work.

Author:  user_48634 [ Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:36 pm ]
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In related news, dallis grass in St Augustine can be killed with baking soda. It works because St Aug has a very high resistance to sodium while dallis grass has no resistance. All the details are on YouTube. Search for "St Augustine and baking soda."

Author:  northwesterner [ Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:43 pm ]
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That is good news for the St. Augustine side of the yard!

Here is the link referenced. The information is useful and slow paced so not difficult to follow his instructions.

Author:  Vulture [ Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:20 am ]
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Thank you for the informative video. I'll be trying that asap. Hopefully I'll remember to take some before/after pictures.

Author:  user_48634 [ Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:52 pm ]
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Yes the use of baking soda on crabgrass in St Augustine was a long running discussion on another forum. Finally that guy decided to put his money where our mouths were and document the ordeal. It was a very impressive demonstration. The baking soda solution does not work in any other grass that they tested it on. St Aug apparently has the highest sodium tolerance of all grasses. I have a new yard with plenty of King Ranch bluestem weed in it. KRBS is the plant you see in just about every highway median in Texas. It gets a tall seed head on it. Once I get the St Augustine where I want it to be, I'll be trying baking soda against the KRBS.

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