“I have been growing grass in my garden for many years, and I have found it frustrating to get rid of it. After I planted my lawn last fall, the grass may start to grow in my beds. It’s hard to pull out and it seems to come back constantly. What is the best way to get rid of it? It seems to be expanding.
– Alfredo Ramirez, Ivanston
Grass is difficult to eradicate once it is established in the crowns of permanent plants and on beds in the ground. One option is to keep up the lawn, starting at the beginning of spring and continuing throughout the growing season. The best time to do this is when the soil is wet, the roots will be easier to remove and the result will be better when many roots are removed.
It takes a lot of patience and perseverance to succeed. Over time, the grass will weaken and eventually wither. A fork with a fork or a fork is a good tool for uprooting the roots. When the area is congested, weeds do better and cause less damage to surrounding plants.
Another option is to remove all grass-fed plants from the bed and carefully remove any grass from the plant balls. Then dig up the remaining grass clippings from the bed and replant the permanent plants. Take control of any weeds that may have sprung up in the next few weeks.
Although the time window is closing, this work can still be done by most permanent plants. You can expect to reduce the pressure on the plants before using this method until the weather is cool in early September or next spring. If you decide to wait, then pull the grass as much as you can and do not let it go into the seed.
There are a number of herbicides that can be found in mixed plants. Ornamamek is an example of a weed killer that selects grasses and can be applied to some ornaments. Read the label to determine if it can be safely used with the plants in your garden. If none of the plants in the plant are listed, it is best to avoid using this product for the environment. Or you can try it on a small part first to make sure it does not kill or damage the desired plants. The best time to apply this product is in spring and autumn, when the grass is actively growing. When the grass is not actively growing, these products are less effective in the summer heat.
Glyphosate, broad-spectrum, non-selective weed killer, as well as your garden plants. On a calm day, you can treat the grass that is farthest from your desired plants by carefully spraying the grass.
Wear rubber gloves and then cheap cotton gloves to treat grass growing near the garden. Dip one foot into warm paraffin 3 times, pausing between layers to allow them to dry.
It is important to read and follow all the instructions on the labels when applying any chemical treatment.
For more herbal advice, visit the Chicago Botanical Garden information service firstname.lastname@example.org. Tim Johnson is executive director of the Chicago Botanical Garden.