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Can anyone advise me on how I can remove grass that has grown in my flower beds? I had my garden landscaped late last year and while it looked good at the time now the summer is here there seems to be an awful lot of grass in the beds. I am trying to pull it out by hand but it just seems to have spread more. Any ideas before I take a shovel to it and dig it up. which I don't assume would solve the long term problem. Any advice welcome. I've enclosed a picture to help (hope it can be viewed)







  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 954

    It's much easier when the ground less dry.  When it's as hard as concrete weeds can be impossible to pull /dig.   You need to hope for a torrential downpour, and then go through the a hand fork pulling it out.  Should be quite easy (and very satisfying) once the soil has loosened a bit.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I had a similar problem with a bed and border that I created last year from my lawn. I watered it heavily one evening to soften the ground and then hand forked and big forked it and removed the grass and roots. It took a while, and was hard work, but now they are clear and planted up image 

    I'll probably have to do it next year as I am bound to have missed some image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,646

    Agree with the others that it will be easier if you water it. In my garden weeding is an on going thing, my beds would look like that if I hadn't weeded them several times since last summer, much easier to hoe or pull the weeds out when young than to leave them to mature. Weeding is just part of gardening and has to be done regularly to have a tidy garden.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    BusyL, I agree, weeding is a regular part of gardening, rather like vacuum cleaning the houseimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,305

    but more enjoyableimage


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,125
    Once you get it clear regular use of a Dutch hoe in the growing season prevents weeds from getting established. image

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

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477
    And when you have done all of the above reward yourself by visiting a garden centre and buying lots of plants to fill the gaps so the weeds can't establish themselves so easily.
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Is it long rooted (cooch grass) or just the normal stuff? To get on top of the cooch in my garden, i had to remove the plants, dig through with a fork and then put the plants back. Like the others have said, its just the matter of keeping on top of it, mulching after weeding can help too image
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Dove wrote: "Once you get it clear regular use of a Dutch hoe in the growing season prevents weeds from getting established. image"

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    Yep, or do what I do and plant so many things that you can't see the soil which makes it hard for weeds and grass to get established. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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