Bermuda Grass.. Grrr! - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by munozmjm
July 18, 2008
Can you tell me a good grass and weed killer for flower beds that won't kill the flowers as well. I can not keep ther bermuda grass from coming into my flower bed and trying to take over. Please help! Thanks

Answer from NGA
July 18, 2008


Crabgrass is really difficult to control in flower beds (as you've discovered). The first plan of attack is to pull the weeds, including the roots; the second is to lay a thick mulch over the bed to prevent sunlight from penetrating (weed barrier or several thicknesses of newspapers plus decorative bark or rock); the third option is to use a herbicide and spot treat the pesky weeds. You can use something like Round-Up near your flowers if you're careful not to allow over-spray to drift onto them. Once you have the weeds out you can use a pre-emergent such as Preen. It is safe to use in flower beds and will stop crabgrass seeds from germinating.

Best wishes with your project!

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