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Old 03-12-2009, 10:52 AM
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How can I get rid of the grass underneath my landscaping without digging up all my plants and garden soil? I'm stressed out and just don't know what to do anymore.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:06 AM
Location: rain city
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Grass has spread from the lawn into the shrub borders? Where are you?

If you're in the south where there are a lot of bermuda grass lawns.....you can't keep it out, bermuda is a creeper. It sends out underground runners and spreads everywhere. St. Augustine is a runner grass too but not as invasive as bermuda.

Many people install edging between the lawn and the shrub/flower borders. This is only mildly effective as bermuda will still sneak in under the edging.

Every so often go along the perimeter of the lawn digging with the tip of a shovel. Just push the shovel in the ground, not turning over the soil, but just slicing a line. This will cut many of the grass roots and help to keep a clean edge.

But if you do have bermuda you'll still be pulling some of it out of your beds no matter what. Some of the runners are deep and it's a difficult grass to control.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:50 PM
Location: Alaska and Texas
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Originally Posted by gnipacsdnal View Post
How can I get rid of the grass underneath my landscaping without digging up all my plants and garden soil? I'm stressed out and just don't know what to do anymore.
I'd suggest you lay down newspaper at least five sheets thick or more over the grass you don't want and cover with several inches of mulch. Could be bark mulch, shredded wood whatever. The newspaper will eventually kill the grass and decompose. If you want it more permanent, find some good landscaping fabric, not the thin cloth like stuff at big box stores, and use that instead of newspaper. That will fight the grass off longer.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:51 PM
Location: WA
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Although I rarely use them, there are times where careful applications of herbicides is simply the only pactical solution for me. I have used small amounts of Roundup in a hand spray bottle to eliminate burmuda and kill off blackberries in areas where digging is not effective.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:05 PM
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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I second the newspaper idea...it really does work!
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:10 AM
Location: Ohio
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I have used newspaper and it seems to suck the nitrogen out of the grass. I have also used rolled roofing, (this one was a mistake as I didnt intend to kill the grass). You leave it out in the sun and within an hour, anything under it will turn yellow, as it sucks the nitrogen and chorophyll out of the grass and it takes a long time for the silly stuff to recover! I only rolled the roofing out for a wee bit, maybe an hour or less to soften it up so that I could put it on the roof and when I lifted it up, the grass was yellow as a canarys belly...(MY Wife was NOT a happy camper over THAT MISTAKE, LOL!!).

I also used some gasoliine and oil mixed, (it had been sitting in my boat for the Winter and I dumped it out, and that grass turned almost immediately yellowish white and it took months to recover..sheesh! (Yea, again the Wife wasnt happy about it...*sigh*)

Just another opinion.

May the LORD Bless each of you.

I wish you well...

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