African Lovegrass Control Guide

Mature African lovegrass

Spread of African lovegrass

  • Spread of African lovegrass is by seed. The seed is light and can be blown short distances by wind.
  • Seed is also spread in mud on footwear, animal hooves and pelts, machinery and vehicles, and as an impurity of pasture hay. An important means of spread is in contaminated soils and gravels used in roading.

Avoid the introduction of African lovegrass

  • Avoid using soil or gravel sourced from an infested area.
  • Clean all machinery used in an infested area before moving to clean areas.
  • See the Washdown Guidelines for Weed and Disease Control for detailed information on how to wash-down equipment and personnel to reduce the chance of spreading African lovegrass.

Physical removal

  • Single or small numbers of African lovegrass plants can be removed by hoeing.


  • In arable areas, African lovegrass is best controlled by establishing of a vigorous perennial pasture suited to the area.
  • Spell the perennial pasture for a year to assist establishment, and remove any African lovegrass from the sward by hoeing or herbicide treatment.

Chemical control

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