Killing bermuda grass for good - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by d1mccan9
July 2, 2010
I have - but have not used yet - a spray that attaches to a garden hose from Bayer that is supposed to kill off bermuda grass. Is this the best permanent product to use or will I need something else? Also, my neighbors on both sides have bermuda grass. Once I kill off mine and plant something different, what is the best method to keep my neighbors' bermuda grass from creeping over into my yard?


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Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010

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Be sure to follow label directions on the product you purchased, especially when using it around other grasses and plants. Once you get rid of the bermuda you can use a pre emergent herbicide along your property line to keep bermuda seeds from sprouting or you can place a physical barrier along the property line to keep it from sneaking over. I simply dig a shallow trench along the property line about 6" wide and 3-4 inches deep. I keep the trench free of vegetation and if bermuda threatens to grow across the trench I dig it out with a shovel or spot treat it with Round Up. This may be an option for you, too. Otherwise, place a physical barrier such as plastic, metal or wood edging, or a row of bricks partially buried in the soil. Good luck with your project.

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