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Posted on: September 19, 2023

King Ranch Bluestem Grass

Blue Stem Weed Post

Every year around this time, you may notice sprigs of tall grass on medians, lawns, parks and other green spaces throughout the city. The grass is actually an invasive weed called King Ranch Bluestem that pops up from September through November. It has a very fast growth rate - growing as much as two feet in two weeks - and there is no easy way to control it in between mowing cycles. 
The good news is it will stop growing once the weather gets colder. Until then, we will keep our regular mowing schedule for the city’s parks, trails, medians and rights of way, and we encourage residents and businesses to do the same. If you see grass shoot up soon after an area has been mowed, it’s the Bluestem. Once we get a good frost or two, the Bluestem growth will come to an end.

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