How to kill St Augustine in Bermuda Grass

I used to have a lawn that was mixed with St Augustine and Bermuda grass. To kill the St Augustine, there are a few things you can do.

Kill St Augustine in Bermuda grass

Cut Low

The easiest thing you can do is to mow lower. St Augustine hates low HOC (height of cut). Use a reel mower to mow at an inch or lower, and you’ll find the Bermuda thriving.

Selective Herbicides

These herbicides will harm St Augustine but not your bermuda grass:

  • Quinclorac: Effective for crabgrass and other broadleaf weed control in Bermuda grass; may cause damage to St. Augustine grass. Buy Quinclorac from Amazon here.
  • 2,4-D: Effective on Bermuda grass for broadleaf weed control; can damage St. Augustine grass, especially at high temperatures. Buy Triad (2,4-D, Dicamba, Triclopyr, and Sulfentrazone) from Amazon here.
  • MSMA (Monosodium methanearsonate): Targets grassy weeds in Bermuda grass; not recommended for use on St. Augustine due to potential injury. Do not use on residential lawns, particularly if you have pets. Buy MSMA from Ebay
  • Dicamba: Used selectively in Bermuda grass for broadleaf weed control; can harm St. Augustine grass if not applied correctly. Buy Triad (2,4-D, Dicamba, Triclopyr, and Sulfentrazone) from Amazon here.
  • Sethoxydim: Controls grassy weeds in Bermuda grass; not safe for use on St. Augustine grass as it can cause significant injury.
  • Tribute Total: Tribute Total can effectively kill St. Augustine grass. Tribute Total is a herbicide that’s primarily used for post-emergence control of grassy and broadleaf weeds, and it’s very potent against many types of grasses, including St. Augustine. Buy Tribute Total from Ebay
St Augustine treated with Quinclorac (left) vs St Augustine untreated.

Reduced Watering

Bermuda grass is more drought-tolerant than St. Augustine grass. Reducing irrigation can stress St. Augustine grass without significantly affecting Bermuda grass.

High Nitrogen

St Augustine tolerates high nitrogen less than Bermuda grass. Hit your Bermuda with high nitrogen to harm the St Augustine grass.


During the hottest part of the summer, use clear plastic sheeting to cover areas of St. Augustine grass in your Bermuda lawn. The increased temperature can kill St. Augustine grass and its seeds.






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