Burmuda Grass in Beds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by gbbednorz
July 1, 2010
How can I get rid of Burmuda grass in a rose and fern bed where the grass roots are entwined on flower roots?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
Bermuda grass is really difficult to control in flower beds (as you've discovered). The first plan of attack is to pull as much of the weeds as possible, including the roots. Moisten the bed the day before to make this easier and keep at it. The more you can keep the green foliage from growing, the more you will eventually starve it below ground. The next option is to use a herbicide with glyphosate as the main ingredient (such as Round Up) if you're careful not to allow over-spray to drift onto your plants or they'll absorb it and die. Use it on a non-windy day and cover your plants. You might try "spot painting" the Bermuda, which is time consuming, but saves your good plants. Unfortunately, if the area is really infested with Bermuda, you may need to dig out the plants, clean out the soil and start fresh. Bermuda will sprout from the tiniest bit of stolon matter, so it's an ongoing battle. Best wishes with your project!

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