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How to Kill Wire Grass

By James Clark ; Updated September 21, 2017
Killing wire grass is a simple process.
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Will Need

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

About the Author


James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.