The Q&A Archives: Bermuda Grass

Question: I have established flower beds in my yard. My problem is that bermuda grass is starting to grow in these beds and it is very difficult to locate the root and pull them. The grass has very long branches and snakes through the plants. Short of pulling out the plants and replanting, do you have a suggestion to get rid of this pest?

Answer: The best (and easiest) control is to dig the weed out, getting as much root and spreading stolons as possible, and/or lay down a couple of layers of corrugated cardboard followed by other mulch. Try not to let the Bermuda grass flower and go to seed, meaning you will want to start removing it as soon as you recognize the sprouts coming up. There are are chemical herbicides that will do in the dreaded bermuda grass. Check your local garden center for what is registered in your area. Keep in mind, though, that while more difficult, solarization, if properly done, will kill 100% of Bermuda grass and its seed. It's probably the most effective, long-term control bermuda grass. Solarization is a long-term process, taking 3 to 6 months (depending on your temperatures and amount of sunlight). It also requires complete coverage during the process.

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