How to Kill Fescue in Bermuda Grass


Fescue is a cool-weather grass that often grows in large, bright green clumps or patches. Fescue grass can grow rapidly and intermingle with grass varieties such as bermuda (also known as turf grass, and used on golf courses and football fields). To maintain the even quality of bermuda grass, it is important to remove patches of fescue grass. Eliminating fescue from bermuda grass requires no gardening or landscaping expertise.

Step 1

Hand pull patches of unwanted fescue grass and place them into a plastic trash bag or compost bin. Allergy-prone individuals should wear gardening gloves at all times.

Step 2

Continue hand pulling patches of fescue until they are an even height (no taller than 5 inches). Spread the newspaper flat over the fescue to maximize its effectiveness.

Step 3

Spread the old newspaper over patches of unwanted fescue until they are thoroughly covered.

Step 4

Place bricks or heavy weights to hold newspaper in place for a period of two weeks. The newspaper will kill fescue grass naturally without the use of chemicals that could damage the growth of bermuda grass.

Step 5

Spot check the targeted areas of fescue grass on a weekly basis to ensure no new fescue grass growth is detected. Repeat the process of hand pulling and newspaper application, if necessary, to remove any future fescue grass growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bag (or compost bin)
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks (or heavy weights)


  • Texas A&M University: Bermudagrass
  • Facts About Fescue Grass
  • Gardening Know How: How To Kill Grass Naturally -- Kill Unwanted Grass In Your Yard
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