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Couch Grass / Twitch Weed

Been digging a lot of this cr*p up on my new allotment - it's like white, electrical cable - fairly easy to pull out (better than bind weed) but a pain nevertheless

Any ideas / advice???

To be fair, I'm using Roundup (Glyphosate) on my dandelions but sparingly as I'm reading about Alzhiemer's etc and don't want to just spray the stuff all over


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,705

    Digging it out and gently teasing all roots out of the soil is the best way with couch grass.

    Good luck image

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  • You say that but it has worked on the dandelions - or seemingly as it's been dry / fairly sunny (when I used it)

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,667

    And Couch is not in active growth? Who are you kidding? Dug over a bed two weeks ago and there is new growth in it already.

    Only go down 6 inches? Again, who are you kidding? The bed I am  trying to clean was turned over to a depth of 18 inches following the roots downwards.

    They are edible by the way if you want to get your own back on it!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,331

    I find it a lot easier to fork out of sandy soil. On clay, it inevitably breaks,and  leaves a bit which regrows.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Digging it out of sandy soil is actually quite rewarding - you can compete with yourself to get the longest intact bit. 

    Oh dear.  Did I really write that?image

  • I hear you Verdun - I was desperate; 50 dandelions maybe more - I'm digging / forking / raking / pulling and it's a long old, back breaking job - the spade hardly goes in there's that many underground cables and they're so thick but I mustn't get downhearted - little and often, chin up, Dunkirk spirit, shoulders back lovely boy and all that LOL!

    Thanks for your advice everyone

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