Getting rid of "Po Annie"

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An old man once told me that he couldn't get rid of "Po Annie."

"Who's that?" I asked. "And why would you want to get rid of her?" Then he pointed to this grass.

The United States Golf Association recently published an article about how to prevent the rise of Poa annua (annual bluegrass) in golf courses. This is the season when it becomes so abundant. Of course, there's a lot for us homeowners to learn here. 

USGA explains, "Here are a few tips to help you deal with this troublesome weed:

"Herbicides are necessary for good control, but remember that the best defense against any weed is a healthy and dense stand of turf, especially heading into winter. Poa annua will be more than happy to invade thin or worn-out areas. Raising the height of cut and minimizing stress as much as possible can go a long way toward keeping Poa annua at bay. 

"Poa annua pressure tends to be greater in areas that receive dense winter shade. Selective tree management will enhance the health of desirable warm-season turf and reduce the likelihood of contamination.

"Herbicide control programs need to be based on local conditions and climate. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Read more about how to control Poa annua (annual bluegrass). 

Image attribution: Rasbak, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

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