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controlling couch grass (Elymus repens)

I've just moved into a house with a very neglected garden that's overun mostly by Couch Grass (Elymus repens) which I want to garden it in a wildlife enhancing way that includes wildflowers, edible plants e.g. fruit bushes & some veg. I want to try bringing the couch grass under control using Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) & Eyebright (Euphrasia spp) as they're hemi-parasitic on grasses, as well as being beautiful plants.

My question is:
are they parasitic to plants such as fruit bushes, veg, & other flowers as well as the grass & if so, how much of a problem is this likely to be?



  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,144
    IMO the only way to bring couch grass under control is either very diligently dig every bit out or poison it. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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