Tall Fescue Removal


When tall fescue encroaches upon your lawn or other planting areas, it creates an unsightly clump of grass. Tall fescue may have its purpose in pastures and fields, but in home landscapes, many gardeners consider tall fescue an undesirable invader. With its growing clumps of tall and wide grass, it not only looks unappealing but your lawn mower may have difficulty mowing over it as well. Tackle the task of tall fescue removal to restore your lawn or planting areas.

Step 1

Cut up the plastic tarp into at least four rectangle shapes that are approximately 1 foot wide and 3 feet long.

Step 2

Position the pieces of plastic tarp around a clump of tall fescue so that the tarp pieces surround the clump and cover any grass or other plants that grow nearby. Make the tarp pieces frame the tall fescue clump.

Step 3

Apply the glyphosate to the tall fescue clump by thoroughly saturating the foliage and the base of the clump.

Step 4

Remove the tarp pieces after you finish applying the glyphosate and move to another clump to apply the glyphosate again.

Step 5

Repeat steps 2 through 4 to treat each tall fescue clump growing in your lawn or landscape.

Step 6

Remove the tall fescue after it dies by digging it up with the shovel. Dispose of the tall fescue in the trash.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gardening gloves, long pants and long sleeves when you work with glyphosate. Choose a day to apply the glyphosate that is at least 60 degrees F, sunny and calm for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tarp
  • Scissors
  • Garden gloves
  • Glyphosate
  • Shovel


  • Plant Talk: Tall Fescue
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.