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Old 03-11-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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Default Pompous Grass...GRRRRR!

So I've grown to hate this plant/bush/tree (whatever it is) that's invaded my front lawn. While we certainly need recommendations for maintaining it, I'm actually looking for ways to get rid of it.

Has anyone had experience with removing this monstrocity? Recommendations?

Thougth I'd add a link to a photo:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/105/2...bbcb5a88_o.jpg

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Old 03-11-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Roundup?
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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Roundup?
If only! This thing is huge and from what I understand no matter what you try to do to it, it grows back. Which is why we want to try to get rid of it.
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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I'm guessing you mean pampas grass and not grass with an attitude!

From what I've read online it sounds like a beast! The websites I read said the best way to remove it is to cut it as far down to the ground as possible then use a sharp shovel to dig out its deep root system.

Pampas Grass
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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I've seen it labled as both (including pictures). Given how difficult it is to deal with I think "pompous" is appropriate.

I read similar recommendations but we can't handle it ourselves, so we're also looking for someone to help us as well.
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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That stuff definitely has a bad attitude!

But I would probably do what NRG recommended. Cut it down ( I see people using chainsaws on really big clumps of it like you posted) and dig it out and then use round up on whatever stubborn pieces try to come back! Maybe THAT'S why they call it "pompous" grass! They probably have really big root balls too, so you may need to have some fill dirt ready.

My other suggestion would be to post it on craigslist for free if they dig it up. You'd be very surprised at how many people like pampas grass and are willing to come dig it out of your yard. Landscaping plants are expensive and there are so many clear cut lots with no landscaping in this area, that people will probably be really excited to get it. Last year, we posted about 15 very large azaleas and 20-30 large clumps of liriope on CL if they dug it out themselves, and it was all gone in a weekend! It was certainly nice to watch other people doing my yard work for me!

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Old 03-11-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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I've seen it labled as both (including pictures). Given how difficult it is to deal with I think "pompous" is appropriate.


I think you are right. I've only liked the look of this grass down by the beach near the sand in wide open spaces. I would not want to deal with it in a yard. Those things can be sharp!
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Trim it down to about 1' high---Surround the base with bricks, get the kids , lawn chairs, hot dogs, cooler of adult beverages and marshmallows then light it up and have a party.
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I like that idea!
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Old 03-11-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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It is a nasty exotic to get rid of - a combination of the above recommendations will probably work - some form of cutting, digging, burning and or poisoning.

One other thing to be careful of - when cutting it, try not to spread the seeds around - i.e. cut the seed tips off carefully and get them out of the way before you go to town on the rest of the plant.

I would suggest cutting it to the ground, then digging out as much of the roots as you can, then be prepared to repeat this process next year when it grows back.
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