Reed canarygrass in a field.

Control Reed Canarygrass

Many people ask how to get rid of reed canarygrass. The following options can be considered for how to control reed canarygrass.


Manual/Mechanical Control:

If you are considering how to remove reed canarygrass, burning this plant can be an effective method of control in areas where the other native plants benefit from it.


Herbicide Control:

We have a possible option for how to kill reed canarygrass that may offer control.

  1. Cattail and Water Lily Control (Imox + surfactant) (for ponds or lakes) – liquids that are mixed and diluted with water and sprayed over the plants.


Treatment Tips:

When treating reed canarygrass,

  • With Imox or other systemic herbicides, treatment is most effective when the plants are mature or close to full grown. This allows for more plant surface to spray enough mixture on.
    • Treat in late summer to early fall to get better kill of the root systems. At this time, plants are pulling energy into their roots to store for the winter.
    • Reed canarygrass is not listed on the Imox label, but Imox is a broad spectrum herbicide and will control a wide variety of weeds.
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