Downy Brome

(Bromus tectorum)


Family: Poaceae


Also Known As:

Downing Chess and Cheatgrass



Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.

                



Description


Downy brome is a winter annual grass that has an upright growth habit. The leaves lack auricles. Downy brome has a large jagged membranous ligule. The leaves are rolled in the bud and are hairy on both sides. The seedhead is very predominant in that it has a droopy panicle. It seeds from late spring into the summer. Downy bome dries over the summer and can become a fire hazard. Downy brome is found throughout the United States south to northern Florida.




Distribution





Germination Dates



3: April-May
4: April
5: March
6: March
7: March





Cultural Practices

Downy bome is a winter annual grass that germinates in the early spring. It is usually found in waste areas, disturbed sites, roadsides, pastures and thin turf. Downy brome is often a contaminant in seed mixtures. Mow to prevent the formation of the seedhead and seed production.




Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application when downy brome is young and actively growing.




Gordon's Control Recommendations:

Pre-Emergent

Tupersan® Herbicide Wettable Powder

Non-Selective

GlyphoMate® 41 Weed & Grass Killer Plus Aquatic Herbicide
Pronto® Vegetation Killer

Post-Emergent

Specialty Products

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