Biological Name:

Luzula spp. (Woodrush)

Natural Habitat:

Woodrush is a type of grass native to Europe and Asia. It can be found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, meadows, and forests.


Woodrush is a perennial grass that is native to Europe and Asia. It has long narrow leaves and small inconspicuous flowers. It is often found in moist shaded areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is Woodrush in a lawn?
A: Field woodrush (Luzula campestris) is a grass-like perennial. Its broad-bladed, dark green leaves, are fringed with long, silky hairs. In March or April it produces dark brown flower and seed heads. These are particularly noticeable before mowing has begun. It spreads via short, creeping stolons (above ground stems).

Q: Are lawn Dethatchers worth it?
A: Not all lawns need dethatching, but when your lawn does need it, knowing how to dethatch your lawn is crucial to its future. Done properly, dethatching helps restore your lawn to health and keep it beautiful in years to come.

Q: When should you Verticulate your lawn?
A: When: The best time to verticut your lawn is during the turf’s growing season. If your lawn is a warm-season turf, such as Zoysia grass or Bermudagrass, verticut in late spring or early summer. Dethatch your cool-season turf, such as Kentucky bluegrass, in early spring or early fall.

Q: What do I do if my lawn is Crabgrassed?
A: Use a pump chemical sprayer or backpack sprayer product’s hose end spray bottle to apply the chemical (Weed-B-Gone with Crabgrass control). This is probably the easiest, ready to spray product. To eliminate crabgrass, spray your grass so it has a thin film over the grass.

Q: Why do we scarify a lawn?
A: The scarification process removes organic matter, such as thatch or moss, from around the base of the grass plants and tidies up any straggly lateral growth, that will otherwise prevent good dense grass growth. If you do not scarify, debris will build up and lead to other problems.

Q: What happens when lawn is over fertilized?
A: Applying too much fertilizer to your lawn will cause the nitrogen and salt levels in the soil to increase rapidly, which can damage or even kill the grass. When this happens, it is known as “fertilizer burn” and looks like yellow and brown strips or patches of dead grass.

Q: Does a yard need to be aerated?
A: Is lawn aeration necessary? Almost all lawns will benefit from aeration, and a great lawn demands it. That said, most lawns do not need it. Lawns suffering from heavy foot traffic, excessive thatch (>1 inch thick) or grown on heavy soils will benefit most.

Q: What is Good Friday grass?
A: Field wood-rush is a common plant of grassy areas, such as lawns, greens and downlands; it is particularly keen on acidic soils, but can be found on chalk. Its dark brown, rounded flowers appear from April to May and have earned it another common name of ‘Good Friday Grass’.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.