How to Kill Saw Grass in Your Yard


Saw grass is a warm season grass known for tall, reed-like light green blades. Although saw grass is found primarily throughout the southeastern United States of Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, saw grass may grow wherever sandy soil conditions and warm climates exist. Eliminating saw grass in your home lawn or garden is a very basic process that can be accomplished by anyone willing to devote time and effort to the task. Killing saw grass in your yard requires but a few short weeks and some inexpensive materials.

Step 1

Mow down saw grass that is higher than 3 feet. While it is not necessary to mow your saw grass first, it might save you time if your lawn has excessive patches of saw grass.

Step 2

Hand pull remaining patches of saw grass and dispose of it into a plastic trash bag or compost bin.

Step 3

Spread sheets of old newspaper over remaining patches of saw grass in your yard. This will help block sunlight and other nutrients that remaining saw grass buds need in order to survive.

Step 4

Weigh down the newspaper with bricks or other heavy objects and leave in place for a period of two weeks.

Step 5

Remove the newspaper and weighted objects to reveal former saw grass patches. Inspect the patches to determine whether any new growth has developed. Hand pull any new growth and inspect the patches weekly to ensure saw grass has been completely eliminated from your yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower (optional)
  • Plastic trash bags (or compost bin)
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks (or weighted objects)


  • School of Forest Resources and Conservations: Saw Grass
  • Gardening Know How: How to Kill Grass Naturally
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Evan Burgess is an award-winning writer with 20-plus years' experience covering business, politics and government, the arts, public relations and marketing. He received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's degree from the University of Virgina.