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SAN Francisco
Nov 5, 2017 1:00 PM CST
There's this giant, straw-like overgrowth near a small man-made pond in my grandpa's back yard. I was curious about removing it, but there are so many happy frogs that have created a very healthy habitat in that particular bush- so healthy, in fact, that they are coming into the house and hanging out on the rims of our toilets. I absolutely do not want to hurt them in the process of removing the overgrowth. I also don't know what else might be living in there and I don't want to hurt myself either.
How can we safely take care of this for both the frogs and myself?
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Nov 5, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Can you get us a picture? It would help quite a bit.
SAN Francisco
Nov 5, 2017 2:01 PM CST
This isn't the one in our backyard, but it looks very close.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Nov 5, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Looks like a Pampas Grass
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 5, 2017 2:59 PM CST

It is Pampas Grass. If you don't see any green (or very little), it could be that the plant is dead. When Pampas Grass gets old, the enter often dies and collapes in on it self, causing the roots to rot off. Sometimes, all it takes is a yank and the plant is out of the ground.

Don't worry about the frogs - they will relocate.
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SAN Francisco
Nov 6, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Thank you for the answers! Hurray!

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