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Grass is overtaking my garden, and I'm dreading having to go out there and pull each and every bit of it up by hand.<br><br>
Please tell me how to get rid of it.
 

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how bad do you want to hurt it? ;-><br><br>
how close are your garden plants to the grass?<br><br>
boiling water or "agricultural vinegar" poured on the runners will kill the grass... and everything else it touches.<br><br>
Of course you can use roundup or something, but that has the same issues.<br><br>
Most weed-n-feed concoctions are designed to kill everything *but* the grass, so basically, AFAIK, you're out of luck if the grass is too close for dousing.<br><br>
For future control of grass, you can get rolls of plastic barrier-stuff at most garden centers, or lay heavy mulch around the edge of your garden... even several layers of newspaper may help (depends on the grass, though, some will just run under the mulch and come up anyway).<br><br>
Good luck :-/ It's a PITA.
 

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Hmmm. It's taking over, fast. We actually have a barrier way down deep, but the grass is just moving in. We should have mulched (only got half of the yard done.) I think we'll try boiling water where it doesn't matter (the pathway.) Then, I guess I'll just have to get out there and work.
 

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The best way I've found to keep grass out of the gardens is to edge frequently. For our stone walkways, we just bought a flame weeder (propane tank/torch to burn the weeds) and we <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> it!!
 

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We gave up and recently hired some guys to come and dig it all up. It was around the roses, under the tree, and everywhere else it shouldn't be.
 

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And here I was hoping that there was an easier way to deal with the most annoying and invasive plant ever. Sigh, guess it's back to the plan of carefully digging up all the small bushes and bulbs and mums and hostas and retilling the entire flower bed.<br><br>
I think I'm going to try taking a spray bottle of vinegar to the patches that aren't too near plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I got down on my hands and knees and pulled most of it up by hand. It actually worked out well...looks so much better. Only a couple more areas to get. We mulched heavily to avoid it building up so fast again.
 
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