Nimblewill Plant – Information On Nimblewill Treatment

by johnah on November 1, 2020

Nimblewill Plant – Information On Nimblewill Treatment

The name Nimblewill refers to the fact that it grows fast and hardy. It is not only a weed but also a nuisance.

Its roots are very thick and it can grow up to six feet high! It spreads easily through the soil and takes over land with ease. The plant is known for its rapid growth rate, which makes it difficult to eradicate completely even if you have the best tools available. If left unchecked, it will eventually overrun your property. You may need to hire a professional to remove the plant from your yard.

Nimblewill plants are found throughout most parts of the United States and Canada. They prefer moist soils and thrive in full sun or partial shade.

However, they do well in dry areas too such as desert areas where moisture is scarce.

It prefers rich, fertile soil and tends to grow best in sandy or gravelly soils. It likes full sun and will tolerate some shade provided it gets enough sunlight.

It does not like wet conditions so it needs a good amount of water during the growing season. Nimblewill loves organic matter and will flourish in compost piles, manure piles, cow dung piles, horse urine/dirt mixes etc.

Nimblewill is an aggressive plant and spreads through its roots and seeds. It spreads by seed and vegetatively through stolons, rhizomes and tubers.

Stolons are stems that sprout roots at the nodes. Tubers are modified stolons that act as storage draw for the plant. Rhizomes are underground stems that can form clones of the parent root system.

These allow the plant to spread and create new plants. It takes one to three years for it to flower after germination.

When it does flower, it releases thousands of seeds which are easily spread by the wind. The seeds can remain dormant in the soil for many years and sprout when conditions are right. This is why it is so hard to get rid of! One seed can create a whole new infestation of nimblewill.

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Nimblewill is very adaptable and can tolerate many different conditions. It is shade tolerant and can grow in dry or wet soil.

It does not like heavy shade or standing water. It is native to North America and has naturalized in many areas. It grows in pastures, fields, ditches, roadsides and wasteland. It will compete with native plants and reduce their numbers.

Nimblewill Control

You can control nimblewill in your lawn without too much effort. To do this, you need to cut the leaf blades to a shorter length than the grass you want to keep.

You can do this by mowing the nimblewill to a shorter length than your desired lawn height. Another option is to hand pull the plants when they are small. To prevent the spread of the seed, remove flower heads before they can seed.

Herbicides such as Ornamec, Sencor, Halts and other Dacthal based herbicides will kill nimblewill but may damage your desired turfgrasses. These herbicides damage the chlorophyll production process in the weed and stop photosynthesis.

They are non selective and will kill everything they come in contact with, including your grass. Follow all label instructions and never apply herbicides unless the soil is moist. Dont apply these herbicides when the temperature is over 80 degrees F as this increases toxicity to your turf and other plants.

Grazing animals such as goats, horses, sheep and cattle will eat the nimblewill and keep it under control.

Sources & references used in this article:

Dormancy breaking and germination requirements of nimble will (Muhlenbergia schreberi Gmel.) seeds. by JM Baskin, CC Baskin – Rangeland Ecology & …, 1985 –

Nimblewill Ground Cover for Biocontrol of Ring Nematode in Peach Orchards by WC Olien – HortScience, 1995 –

Growth and Biomass Allocation of Muhlenbergia schreberi by PVD de Moraes, P Rossi, WW Witt… – American Journal of Plant …, 2014 –

Challenges Ahead For Smart Textiles by LH Pammel, CM King – 1913 – Iowa Geological Survey


Muhlenbergia schreberi JF Gmel (Poaceae), a new naturalized species in Croatia by PM Eckel – 2004 –

The flora of Johnson County, Iowa by N Jogan – Acta Botanica Croatica, 2014 –

The Grasses of Tennessee: Including Cereals and Forage Plants by RF Thorne – Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 1955 –



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