How to Get Rid of Grass Burrs


Know What Burrs Are

Also Known As: Sandburrs, Grass Burrs, Sticker Burrs/Burr Stickers, Pricking Monsters, Lawn/Grass Stickers.

In dry states like Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, you have probably had to deal with prickly stickers in your lawn from time to time. If so, here are a few ways to get rid of grass burrs.

Generally, these are all referring to the same nasty weed. They thrive in the heat and are prominently found in Bermuda and St. Augustine lawns.


burrs close up

Ways to Get Rid of Grass Burrs

  1. Water Lawn Regularly – Grass burrs struggle with competition. If you have a healthy, thick, and prosperous lawn, the burrs have a hard time spreading. Burrs don’t like to be watered very much and they can’t stand healthy lawns.  So keep your lawn watered regularly.
  2. Mow with a Bag – and drop the height adjustment on your mower a few notches and give your lawn a short-trimmed cut.Be sure to keep a bag on your mower. Mowing without a bag will spread the seeds faster and farther. For the first two weeks, mow a couple of times a week.
  3. Use an Herbicide like Orange Oil – Apply it to your lawn as directed.The best time to apply is between May and July. MSMA is not an Eco-Friendly product, which means it may be harmful to animals and children. Sand Burrs are tough, so you have to use a strong herbicide to get rid of them.An organic weed killer some experts mention on this topic is Orange Oil, if you would prefer a more eco-friendly option.
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Water Your Lawn Regularly

Keeping your lawn watered properly will go a long way to eliminating grass burrs.  For North Texas lawns, we have created this guide to help keep a good watering schedule – click here for a Lawn Watering Guide

Even if you control and rid your lawn of all current grass burr plants, new plants will emerge next spring from the seeds that are currently in the soil.

Eliminating the grass burrs in your lawn will take some time. Helping your grass stay healthy in your lawn will help with this management effort.

When a professional is needed in North Texas for lawn maintenance remember Ryno Lawn Care is here to assist you.

PDF – How to get rid of grass burrs

7 Responses

  1. FYI – I don’t know about any other states but, MSMA is not supposed to be sold to retail customers/homeowners in Texas any more

    1. I live in Irving, Tx and can get Target 6 plus delivered directly to me. It’s a powerful chemical and you have to be careful applying it. I have three lawns and the one with the burrs has to be killed out and start over.

  2. I grew up on the Outer Banks of NC, specifically Frisco, on Hatteras Island. We found the easiest way to get rid of these things was to fertilize the hell out of your lawn. You could kill them early spring and keep them gone all year, but it will take a few years before they stop coming up altogether.
    They do hate nice lawns.

  3. I live in Utah, we have a very healthy lawn and my husband is anal about watering, but we still seem to get an abundance of these very painful little buggers. Any other suggestiosn

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