How to Kill Orchard & Bermuda Grass


Many types of grass, such as orchard and Bermuda grass, are rapid-growing and considered high-maintenance. Orchard is a cool-season grass that tends to grow in thick, reedy bunches. Bermuda is a lush grass used for sports turf such as football fields and golf courses. Eliminating unwanted grass from your lawn may be time-consuming, but it is a simple process that does not involve specialized gardening or landscaping skills. All you'll need is a little time and some old newspaper to do the job effectively.

Step 1

Hand-pull areas of orchard and Bermuda grass you wish to eliminate. Place the grass in plastic trash bags or a compost bin.

Step 2

Spread sheets of old newspaper over pulled patches of orchard and Bermuda grass.

Step 3

Place bricks or heavy weights on top of the old newspaper and leave in place for two weeks.

Step 4

Remove the bricks and old newspaper and spot-check the area for any new Bermuda and orchard grass growth. Hand-pull any new growth and dispose of into plastic trash bags or a compost bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Gardener's mask
  • Trash bags or compost bin
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks or heavy weights


  • University of Missouri: Orchard Grass
  • Texas A&M University: Bermuda Grass
  • Gardening Know How: How to Kill Grass Naturally--Kill Unwanted Grass in Your Yard
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