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Nuisances grass removal

We have various areas in the garden where problem grass (weeds) seem to persistently grow though.

We've tried pulling it out at the roots, but a few weeks later it's always back and looks awful. 

What is the recommended way to tackle this? 

The spiky shrub we'd like to keep.

The jasmine has been drastically cut back this spring, so may or may not recover.

Hiding under the jungle of grass is a relatively fast spreading (purple) flowering annual, so I could potentially dig it all up and just save a few.  However I don't want to do this if the nuisance grass will just grow back after replanting.

Can anyone offer any ideas or advice?

Being confined to house for the foreseeable future seems to make now as good a time as any to have a go!


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    It could be couch grass, which is going to be difficult - dig some out and see of the roots look like these:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • jonny_1jonny_1 Posts: 8
    I don't *think* it's couch grass.  The blades seem thinner, and the roots less aggressive looking.

    Do these (extreme close ups) I just pulled out make it any clearer?
    Is there a common way to get rid of nuisance grass like this?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    It just seems that grass from the your garden or next door may have crept into your borders. Or originally, the borders were not dug in deep enough to remove the top layer of grass when making the borders, and you are seeing grass re-growing.

    I had a situation like that, but I just kept digging down and pulling out. If it's too much, you may have to dig plants out and get rid of all the strands around the roots and replant again. Luckily for me, I did not want a lot of the plants, so was just digging out plants and using that opportunity to clear out the grass. 
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