Does this look familiar?

Japanese stiltgrass—also called stiltweed, Nepalese browntop, and Chinese packing grass—is a native of Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia and India that has colonized the eastern U.S. This invasive grass grows across 16 eastern states, from New York to Florida, and as far west as Texas.

Where it grows, it poses a problem. Stiltgrass can crowd out and outcompete native plant species. It can also alter how the soil cycles nutrients, inhibit the growth and survival of trees, and reduce the amount of sunlight available to other plants.

Stiltgrass can quickly take over, but you can act to prevent or control its spread. In this section, you’ll learn about how stiltgrass can affect your land, what to do if you have it, and how to prevent it from growing in your woodlands.

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