Quackgrass Control

I have too much quackgrass in my flower beds and ivy ground cover to hand-pull it all. Can a pre-emergent be used to help get rid of it? Vickie

Submitted by vsimonton101

Quackgrass is a perennial weed that sprouts from the roots, so a pre-emergent herbicide won't have any effect on it. Only a nonselective product such as roundup, which would kill the perennials it comes into contact with also, would be effective.

Or do you possibly mean crabgrass? Crabgrass sprouts from seeds each year, so a pre-emergent herbicide can help control it.

Answered by DSchrock
Community Answers (2)

Thank you for your reply. I have identified this weed as Quackgrass from BHG "Identify Weeds"- picture 22. It has long, hollow shafts of wheat-like seeds that grow about 2-2.5 feet high. I thought a pre-emergent would at least help stop the seeds from germinating. I don't want to kill my good plants so. guess I'll keep pulling by hand. Vickie
Submitted by vsimonton101