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Remove the grass in the garden


Question: Remove the grass in the garden


First of all, congratulations for your site. Well done and excellent starting point for non-experts like me.
I wonder how I can eliminate the weed that is gradually invading the garden. Unfortunately, there are some fruit plants and I wonder if it is possible to use (and if any) a specific herbicide. Waiting, greeting. Gianni

Answer: Remove the weed in the garden


Dear Gianni,
unfortunately the attempt to get rid of weed is not a simple job, and generally does not lead to a successful conclusion, at least in the long term. Cynodon dactylon is a widespread weed; it lives with very little water and bears even moist, heavy or mineral-rich soils. What makes the weeding of this plant difficult is its method of propagation; in fact the wheatgrass produces deep rhizomes, which spread like wildfire, producing lateral stolons. As is the case with other rhizomes, even a small piece of weed rhizome can give rise to new seedlings, and in just a few weeks. Therefore, in addition to removing the plant from the ground, it is essential to kill it completely, in depth. You can try foliar herbicide, although this generally does not work with wheatgrass, which resists the fearlessness. Only the total herbicide can do something, even if you don't succeed in eradicating the plant completely, and then in a few years you will find yourself with your grass around. In general, instead of fighting against the plant, it tends to contain it, that is to say the most obvious tufts are removed, with the hands or with the hoe, and the lawn is re-seeded in the spots left free after eradication; the best antagonist of the bermuda is the grass of the meadow, which, if re-seeded often, well watered and fertilized, at least helps not to allow the wheatgrass to expand at will. It seems that manual grubbing, followed by a deep tillage (at least up to 20 cm deep), can at least contain the problem, perhaps even for months.