Grass is Grass, Right?
By K. Bagby VCE Southside Master Gardener I’ll be the first one to admit that grass is not my thing. It wasn’t all that long ago that my mental grass database had about two entries: crab grass and pampas grass, with a possibility of some of those reddish ornamental grasses thrown in, and that other grass that isn’t grass at all (No, not that! The kind with banjos. Bluegrass! Or the lawn grass, I guess). Ignorance was, indeed, bliss. I’ve had a chance to educate myself over the summer about an invasive grass that’s starting to make the news locally, and that’s Japanese stiltgrass. Even so, I hadn’t seen any of it this side of Occoneechee and wasn’t going to get too worried about it yet. Until this past weekend, when my husband and I happened up on a good-sized stand of it not half a mile from the house, and that was just the part we could see. Just like so many other invasive plants or bugs, it’s only a matter of time till I’m staring it down in my own yard. It's actually kind of pretty, if you like that sort of thing. A nice vibrant green that makes a solid but delicate-looking ground cover. So what is it, exactly, and why should we not like it?