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Question: We have grass that is growing within a few bushes and I don't know how to remove it without killing the bushes. The bushes look like the Park Seed Yucca Colorguard plant (found on the Home Depot web site) except they are only a few inches tall and have little purple flowers that sprout in the middle during the late summer. Unfortunately the grass is intertwined within the bushes and pulling the grass doesn't seem to help at all. Is there anything I can use to get rid of the grass? Or do I need to dig up the plants and plant new ones?

Answer: The safest approach is to dig the plants out, then eradicate the grassy weeds, roots and all. When the planting bed is clean, replant the plants. To keep grass and other weed seeds from germinating, cover the bare soil with several inches of organic mulch or use a weed barrier (or several thicknesses of newspaper) and cover it with a decorative mulch of bark chips or rocks. While this approach is labor intensive, you'll be rewarded with healthy plants and a weed free garden bed.

Enjoy your garden!

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