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Hi We moved to this house a month ago and finally got all the rubbish out of the garden. We found there is something rooted all over the garden. It is light brown/beige with no leaves. It looks like a grass/bamboo. I'm no expert and can't even work out how to post a photo sorry! But this thing is hollow and hard to pull up. It really is everywhere image hope someone can help identify it so we can find out how best to get rid of it! Thanks


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,828

    Hi Rachel image

    We'll need a pic - click on the green tree icon in the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions - if that doesn't work shout and we'll try to help image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 740

    I had a rampant grass in my garden which dies down in winter leaving beige stalks then it grew away again in Spring. Common name Gardeners Garters, Latin name Phalaris Arundinacea. It was an absolute devil to did out as is has tough runner root/stems. It is quite attractive in a pot, tall with striped leaves. That might not be your plant but it's all I can think of.

  • Hi Guys, I have dandelions, thistle"s & other common weeds in my lawn. I have purchased, a box of "Aftercare", to deal with weeds & moss.However when I got home I realised, I cannot use it, as I have a pet.

    Can anyone help, I need to buy a weed & moss killer which does not effect pets? My lawn was turfed profesionally about 5 years ago, so it is well established.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    Rachael, have you any more information to help us?

    If no photo, a bit more of a description. 6 inches or 6 feet? 

    Does it look like grass leaves or grass flower stems?

    Is there new green growth at the base?


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks for your answer Brenda, that will take me some time, My cat, won"t stay in, he is mostly outside unless its night time, might have a go when its dark. I might have to take a photo, & find a local Market Gardener, & ask them.   Will get back to you when I have visited, the garden centre.                                                                             


  • DorsetUKDorsetUK Posts: 441

    If it is horsetails it's been going for 300 million years, right back to the Carboniferous Era when plants really got going.  I'm glad I haven't got it in my garden but I'm always pleased to see it in the wild.   It does like damp though so if your garden is dry your problem is more likely to be 'bamboo' or 'grass' of some sort.

  • Thanks Edd, I have taken 2 photo"s of my lawn, but I don"t know how to  show the photo"s onto this page? Sorry Guys.                    

    I will try & get some Evergreen 4 in 1, Edd, I don"t mind the expense, if it does the job.

    Cheers Edd.

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     I tried sending photo of three different parts of the lawn, my mobile won"t send them, came back, cannt sent to I will find a Garden Centre, & show them.I will let you know the outcome. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,828

    If I've got pics on my mobile phone, I email them to myself, download and save the pics onto my laptop and then upload them onto here using the green tree icon in the toolbar 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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