Goosegrass is a summer growing annual grass weed commonly referred to as silver grass.  This plant grows in clumps and produces a white to silver rosette center.  The leaf blades are light green and flat with hair only being produced on at the base of the leaf.  The leaves of this grass plant can grow up to 14 inches long when they are fully mature.  The average width of a blade for this grass plant is about 1/4 inch wide.  The center of the plant has a white rosette that has stems radiating outward.  Goosegrass is often confused with crabgrass which is similar in appearance.  Seed heads consist of three to seven spikes in clusters.  The spikes resemble that of a zipper.  This grass plant only reproduces by seed. 

Mature Goosegrass plant


Goosegrass seed head

Goosegrass Seed Head


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Treatment for this weed should be made with a pre-emergent weed control application in the spring.  Depending on the weather conditions, more than one spring application of pre-emergents may be needed to control this weed.  Goosegrass can also be controlled with a post-emergent herbicide labeled for its control.

Similar grassy weeds.

  • Crabgrass
  • Quackgrass

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