The Q&A Archives: Bermuda Grass Problem

Question: I have a small rose garden that was invaded by Bermuda grass last year. I have pulled and pulled out the grass, trying to get the full grass/root system, but it still is a huge problem. Is there something (chemical, whatever) that I can use to kill the Bermuda grass and yet not harm the roses? Please help! Thanks so much!

Answer: Elaine,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

There are products that will kill grassy weeds (they contain the ingredients Sethoxydim or Fluazifop) but not your broad leaf flowering plants. There are not products to kill existing broad leaf weeds but not harm broad leaf flowers.

One other option is to use a general purpose product containing glyphosate (Roundup is one brand), and to just wipe it on the foliage of the weeds. There are special wiper applicators for such uses. Just take care to not get it on your flowers or it will kill them too.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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