What type of grass is this ....

Discussion in 'Native Habitat Management' started by swilk, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. swilk

    swilk New Member

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    And how does a person go about killing it? I have always just called it cane grass but Im having difficulty finding an exact match to it on the web. The patches I want to control are in areas difficult to get equipment to so control will hopefully be by backpack sprayer. Will gly do the trick? What time of year is best to spray?

    Southern Indiana river bottom ground ....

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  2. cutman

    cutman Administrator Staff Member

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    Where are you located? It looks like bamboo to me, which is hard to kill.

    Whoops: just saw your location. Does bamboo grow in Indiana? If so, here in SC I now it first then spray the new growth with glyphosate.
     
  3. swilk

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    Southern Indiana

    The biggest the stalk gets is about the size of a mans thumb .... it grows to maybe 10' tall at the tallest but most is 5-6'.
     
  4. Native Hunter

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    Native Bamboo (Cane) (Arundinaria gigantean)

    Cane - Tucky (Kentucky) was named after it. And, you are correct - it is a grass. Lot's of people don't know that.

    I absolutely love that stuff for cover. I can't imagine wanting to kill it. I would love to have some more of it in different locations, and I have started patches of it before. The pioneers killed it by plowing it up. It has an extensive root system and spreads by rhizomes. I don't know how well Gly would work, but I think it would if you do what Cutman has suggested.
     
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    The variety we have in Mississippi is easily killed with Gly.
     
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    Just wanting to control it in a few select areas ... I have more of it than I know what to do with. It is really good for making natural looking ground-blinds too :)

    I think I will try gly and diesel applied late spring. see what that does for it.
     
  7. Warrington

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    Same here in SC. Ours usually only gets three or four feet tall and is mostly around creeks but sometime will extend up into a field. Gly and mowing both knock it out easily.
     
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    Cane. It’s native. Don’t kill it all. It’s good cover. If you have wild pigs, that’s the first place they’ll go.
     
  9. Chainsaw

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    I'd be leery of spraying diesel on my soil. It might be ok in maybe basal spraying individual tree trunks and sparingly. If it has to be killed I think I'd mow it as others suggested and then spray with Gly as it starts growing again.. It sure looks like great cover to me also, actually looks even better than switch. Is there any down side to it?
     
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    Cant get equipment to it easily to mow it in all areas .... using a backpack sprayer I think I could control the chemical well enough to minimize the ground contact. It is literally a wall of vegetation.

    The downside is it out-competes everything else and becomes a mono-culture with rigid stalks very close together. It grows crazy fast and spreads every year.
     

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