Daylilies forum: Herbicides and Daylilies

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Name: Susie
Western NY (Zone 5a)
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lovegrillin
May 31, 2018 1:07 PM CST
While I do hate to use poisons, I am never going to be able to keep up with the stupid grass growing in my new daylily bed. I have already weeded it very well, and have put down 2 inches of mulch. Its growing faster than I can keep up with. Does anyone know of what I can safely use around my daylilies?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 31, 2018 1:17 PM CST
I don't like using poisons either, but I can't keep up with my on weeds, much less my neighbors on three sides without using some type of weed killer. The bamboo, the poison ivy, the morning glory, the blackberry, etc. is just to much to try to pull or hoe. The front of my house faces the road, no weeds there yet. But I think the weed killer you select depends on the "Weeds" you have, what type of stupid grass is it you are wanting to get rid of?
Name: Susie
Western NY (Zone 5a)
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lovegrillin
May 31, 2018 1:33 PM CST
Larry you crack me up "What kind of stupid grass do I have?" Rolling on the floor laughing I think its crab grass. In other places I'm battling the dreaded Dandilion (o.k. I obviously can't spell that). But I can deal with them, I just hate the "stupid grass".
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 31, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Not all herbicides work for all grasses/plants so it would be a good idea to identify the grass unless you plan to just use RoundUp (glyphosate) around the daylilies and not get any of it on them. Otherwise can you post a close-up of the grass, preferably with root/rhizomes and flowers if possible, either here or in the Plant ID forum?
Name: Susie
Western NY (Zone 5a)
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lovegrillin
May 31, 2018 1:57 PM CST
Unfortunately I think its quackgrass. I think I'm just gonna have to keep pulling.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 31, 2018 2:43 PM CST
Not necessarily, I just wanted to make sure it was not a sedge which most people think is a grass, I know I did. So maybe you should just use roundup or a similar product. I had to do that just recently.
I forget what the product is called , but it is a similar to Round Up, just much cheaper. I sprayed it and waited, and waited, and waited, etc. you get the picture. Now several weeks later I am beginning to see results on the bamboo and some of the wild grasses and vines. Truthfully the poison ivy and some other weeds succumbed with in a week or so, but the bamboo and some of the wild grasses are just now really showing distress. Anyhow, I used it on a very calm morning, and very close to some of my plants, I mean very close. But I kept the spray directed away from the daylilies, and had no ill effects on them.
So if you don't find a more selective product specifically for your grass type, Roundup or some similar product can be used if you are careful around your plants.
My neighbor who owns the field behind me let me weed-eat a four foot wide path between his fence and my garden which is right next to the fence. That was back earlier in the spring. Then we sprayed a about 10 days later with Round up (his) and a lawn weed killer (mine). His worked so much better, but already it needs to be done again. But it is soooo much better than it would have been without spraying, at least right now I feel I have it under control.
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Athens, Ohio (Zone 6a)
mantisOH
Jun 1, 2018 7:30 PM CST
Sometimes a bit of Round Up seems necessary, but worldwide, glyphosate has come under attack, banned in the Netherlands and just avoiding a phasing out in the EU last fall. Fortunately, I have some people I can hire who want the work of weeding. (Not that I don't do a lot myself.)
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 1, 2018 8:09 PM CST
I think I saw that the ban was just for non commercial use, yet I think it was farmers who they said were being affected mostly?

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