How to Kill Wire Grass


Wire grass (also known as pineland threeawn) is a grass variety found throughout the southeastern United States of Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina. Because wire grass grows rapidly, it is considered a less desirable landscaping choice than lower maintenance grass types. Fortunately, eliminating wire grass from your lawn or garden is a simple task that can be accomplished in a few short weeks without the need for expensive materials or tools. Even the most inexperienced gardener can kill wire grass without any difficulty.

Step 1

Hand pull patches of undesirable wire grass you wish to kill.

Step 2

Dispose of the wire grass in a plastic trash bag or compost bin.

Step 3

Spread old newspaper over the remaining patches of pulled wire grass.

Step 4

Weigh down the newspaper with bricks or heavy weights and leave in place for two weeks.

Step 5

Remove the newspaper and bricks and spot check the wire grass patches to ensure no new wire grass growth exists.

Step 6

Hand pull any new patches of wire grass growth and dispose of it in a trash bag or your compost bin.

Step 7

Spot check the area on a weekly basis to ensure that wire grass has been eliminated from your lawn or garden. Repeat the newspaper application if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash bags (or compost bin)
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks (or heavy weights)


  • University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation: About Wiregrass
  • Gardening Know How: How to Kill Grass Naturally
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