Can I use a selective weed killer on a native grass lawn - Microlaena stipoides - Kowarra?

I am trying to establish a native grass lawn using Weeping Grass (Microlaena stipoides - Kowarra) seedlings. Whilst the seedlings are doing well so are the weeds and have been hand weeding but it's like pianting the Sydney Harbour bridge. Can I use a selective herbicide weed killer or weed & feed product without killing the native grass?


04 November 2011 04:41 AM

Dear Bob,

None of the selective herbicides for grass that Yates has in their range can be used on a native grass. We have only tested on grasses such as couch, kikuyu, buffalo, ryegrass, bent & fescue. It may be time consuming, but you could, very carefully, use Zero Glyphosate Weedspray on the foliage of the weeds that are growing in between the Microlaena. Be careful not to allow any of the product to come in contact with the native grass. It may have to be an ongoing process while the grass is establishing. Hand weeding, as you would be aware, is the other option.

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