May 25, 2018
  • Nimblewill


When it comes to cultivating your lawn, not all grasses are created equal. We recently wrote about windmill grass and it’s time to talk about another pesky weed grass. Nimblewill is very easy to spot. It is a lighter green color than more preferable grass strands in the summer, matted brown in off season and has a more coarse texture. It grows in short, spiky mats. This creates less comfortable turf for your lawn and the reason many people to remove nimblewill from their lawns.

Even if you haven’t noticed a nimblewill problem, if your neighbor’s lawn is plagued by it, you should brace yourself; it might migrate to your yard as well.


The best time to try to take care of nimblewill is in the late summer, before it flowers and goes to seed.

There is a new type of herbicide called Tenacity (mesotrione) specifically made to target weeds without harming the rest of your lawn. We mentioned it for windmill grass and again is something you might consider here. Tenacity causes temporary whitening of your grass, but that will go away and it is an option to get rid of invasive grass species.

If you decide to go for an organic option (and we always suggest you do) you can try overseeding your lawn in the spring to choke out unwanted grasses like nimblewill. This is a technique best left for grasses like fescue and ryegrass, however.

There are other simple measures to help get rid of and prevent nimblewill. You can pull the clumps out by hand if you like because it grows in distinct clumps. As always, a healthy lawn is a lawn without pests, so keeping your mower height set high, proper fertilization and drainage, and adequate sunshine are the keys to keeping nimblegrass out of your life.


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