|Early Summer Stiltgrass Infestation|
Japanese stiltgrass is a serious invader of bottomland and other moist woodlands but can also grow in drier areas. Keep an eye out for this plant starting to invade along roads, trails, deer paths, streamsides, and fire breaks. This is an annual plant that produces a lot of seed, so it is important to find and control it before it flowers and reproduces for the year (usually late August to early September).
Look for patches of a wiry grass with short, wide leaves. More information on Japanse stiltgrass, including identification tips and control recommendations can be found on the River to River CWMA's 'Species of Concern' page: http://www.rtrcwma.org/species.html.
Also, the River to River CWMA organized a conference on Japanese Stiltgrass in 2010 and all of the presentations, along with a summary white paper, are available at: http://www.rtrcwma.org/stiltgrass/.