I’ve not posted much lately here, mostly due to being very busy in my gardens and the gardens of my clients. I expect I won’t have time to resume regular blogging until October, but did not want this time to go by without reminding Connecticut gardeners and landowners that now is the time to cut and tend to Japanese Stilt Grass.
This is a highly invasive grassy-looking plant that is overtaking many roadside edges, lawns, and gardens. If allowed to form seeds – which are maturing now – each plant can send up to one hundred seeds into the environment. The seeds are small and easily distributed by water, animals, boots, mowers and wind. Distributed seeds can last as long as 10 years in the soil.
I outlined how to deal with Japanese Stilt Grass previously … just click the highlighted text to read.
Control takes some time and effort, but it can be controlled if one is vigilant. If not tended to it can completely take over a lawn or garden.
I’ve successfully controlled the serious stilt grass invasion I talk about in the linked post above. Each year I’ve weeded out Japanese Stilt Grass has meant fewer plants the subsequent year. Now, where stilt grass once dominated, I have native wildflowers and grasses returning which are so much more attractive and beneficial that invasive stilt grass.
I highly doubt it will ever be eradicated, unless some disease starts attacking it. But, with proper management it can be controlled. Search for it now, remove it now … before it has the chance to spread hundreds of seeds throughout your property.