How To Safely Get Rid Of Beach Grass

Question From: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
Q: Is there a safe way to get rid of beach grass? Our beautiful, sandy beach on Lake Huron, north of Lexington, is being invaded by grass a neighbor planted a few years ago.

A: Diane, I am not familiar with the control of beach grass and I would contact the Michigan DEQ as it may be unlawful. Here a good place to start. Aquatic Nuisance Control Frequently Asked Questions  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Water Bureaus Aquatic Nuisance Control (ANC) program regulates the chemical control of certain aquatic nuisance species, namely aquatic plants, algae, and swimmers itch, when they impair the use or enjoyment of the water. Aquatic species may include various forms of algae (planktonic, filamentous, and macroalgae such as Chara), submergent plants (i.e., those located underwater, such as coontail, pondweeds, milfoils), floating-leaf plants (e.g., lilies), and emergent plants (e.g., cattails, rushes, Phragmites). If you are interested in controlling other aquatic nuisances, please contact the Environmental Assistance Center by phone at 1-800-662-9278 or by email at [email protected] to be directed to the appropriate program. Best Nancy and thanks for visiting