We're having a problem with burning grass (stinging nettle). It's everywhere. how do you get rid of it?—Cathy Uriegas, Abbeville, Louisiana
This irritating weed gets its start and gains control by seed and underground, root-like stems called rhizomes. It seems like you have this weed growing in a variety of locations.
The hairs on these plants cause a rash, making removal by hand a painful control option. Plus, any portion of the rhizome left in the ground will start a new plant.
A total vegetation killer, such as Roundup or Finale, carefully sprayed or wiped on the nettle will kill the tops and rhizomes. Protect nearby plants that might be injured or killed if these products touch their leaves and stems.
It will take several treatments, and probably several years, to rid your yard of stinging nettle, since sprouting seeds will continue to bring new plants each year.
As always, read and follow label directions carefully when using any chemical, and be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and gloves when working around this plant.