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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2017

In Illinois, can I sue my neighbor for failing to control their weeds? I have already spent both time and my money

Most of the weeds can be controlled by products easily applied; however, the latest problem is 'creeping bent grass' which takes a very expensive product to eliminate, and my lawn has been taken over by it since it started growing on her property! She has about zero interest in doing anything about it, but, she can go to China for 10 days, and make 2-3 trips a year to Columbia, so it is not a question of having 'funds' for it - JUST A BIG ROTTEN ATTITUDE!!!!!!!!!!

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Bentgrass is not on the Illinois noxious plant list, so while you can certainly sue anyone for almost anything (presumably under maintaining a public niusance law in this case), I would not expect anything but for the case to be thrown out. Especially as creeping bentgrass is actually a common golf course teeoff and putting greens grass in the midwest, and it is listed by the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service for use by people wanting a short-growing lawn grass, so winning a case against it is likely to be a lost cause.

Unfortunately for you, except for modifying the growing conditions so another grass takes over and crowds it out (hard with bentgrass), you only other viable lawn solution is spot-killing with glycophosphate - though that kills everything so you will get brown spots till the lawn fills back in a couple of years.

Tenacity also kills it - article here -

But in all truth, with a neighboring lawn presumably overgrown in it, I would say yours is a lost cause - I would learn to maintain a bentgrass lawn and go for the golf course look.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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