What is reed canary grass? Reed canary grass is an aggressive, cool-season perennial grass with flat, rough-textured blades. It grows in wetlands and moist meadows. Its rhizomes form a dense, thick mat at or just below the soil surface.
Why is it a problem? Reed canary grass forms a dense layer of roots, significant impacting botanical and biological diversity of an area. It can also constrict waterways and limits tree regeneration by crowding out seedlings.
What can I do? Reed canary grass is persistent and tenacious – a one-two punch that addresses above-ground growth and underground rhizomes works best. Mechanical methods (burning, tilling, pulling) and chemical control (glyphosate) work best when used over a period of a couple growing seasons.
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