This grassy weed is also called silver crabgrass. Goosegrass is frequently confused with crabgrass but is darker green, does not root at the stem joints, and germinates later in the spring. Goosegrass stems are smooth and flat, forming a rosette that resembles the spokes of a wheel. The leaf blades are 1/4 inch wide and 2 to 10 inches long. The first fall frost kills the plants, but seeds remain dormant over the winter and sprout in the spring. Goosegrass grows in lawns and gardens as well as in cracks in walks.
Goosegrass grows an extensive root system that is difficult to pull up. Where appropriate, reduce soil compaction. Improve soil fertility with regular fertilization. Improve turfgrass growth to compete with the goosegrass. Decrease wear to the turf.
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