How to Eradicate Bahia Grass in Residential Lawns


Bahia grass is a grass variety known for its durability in sandy soil and coastal climates. Although bahia grass is found primarily in Florida, Texas and other southeastern United States, bahia grass may thrive in any warm climate where sandy soil conditions exist. Bahia grass does require constant tending and mowing, making it less desirable for landscaping than lower maintenance grass varieties. Fortunately, eradicating bahia grass from your home lawn or garden is a simple process that requires but a few weeks time and some basic, inexpensive materials.

Step 1

Hand pull patches of bahia grass you wish to eradicate from your lawn.

Step 2

Dispose of pulled patches of bahia grass into a plastic trash bag or compost bin.

Step 3

Spread old newspaper on remaining patches of bahia grass in your lawn.

Step 4

Weigh down the newspaper using bricks or any heavy object.

Step 5

Leave the newspaper in place for two weeks. After two weeks, remove the newspaper to inspect the grass patches. Hand pull any new bahia grass growth, and spot check the patches on a weekly basis to ensure your lawn remains free of unwanted bahia grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks or heavy weighted objects
  • Trash bags or compost bin


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