How to Remove Japanese Stiltgrass

These recommendations are primarily for homeowners and communities that would like to start working in their neighborhood greenspace. For each species, we recommend herbicide-free control methods but have added an herbicide option for some species for those who are comfortable using them. These methods were selected while keeping in mind limiting soil disturbance, reducing herbicide use, and avoiding harm to other species that may be present whether they be other plants/animals. Manual removal is possible for all of them if you have the time. If the infestation is overwhelmingly severe/large, we suggest you look into professional control.

A great opportunity to learn is volunteering with us at a Forest Restoration project. Please view our Calendar of upcoming service projects. Also read: How to Remove Our Top 10 Invasive Plants.


Japanese stiltgrass


Removal Difficulty: Easy

Since this plant is an annual, it is very easy to uproot. Although easy to remove individual plants, follow-ups are necessary because water will wash in new seeds, and the seed bank in the soil is likely full of the species.



This plant is so easily uprooted that you can grab a fistful of the plan and successfully pull up the entire root system. Since this plant dries quickly it can be placed in piles to dry on-site.


Hand-pulling Japanese stiltgrass

Grab a handful of Japanese stiltgrass and pull


Hand-pulled Japanese stiltgrass

Entire root system still intact


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