5 tips to finally beat the grass – Sport Idea

5 tips to finally beat the grass

This dicotyledonous plant belongs to the Convolvulaceae family. Although elegant, many gardeners consider shrub grass and field groves to be weeds, as do dandelions. It must be said that like quackgrass, this plant has an unusual root system, which makes it difficult to eradicate. Indeed, if you forget even a piece, it will cause shooting. Birds also easily re-sow the seeds of these plants. For this reason, it is very difficult to beat in the garden. However, with great determination and patience, good gestures and ecological products, it is possible to get rid of it without chemicals.

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cider garden
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First of all, remember that cider grass is a useful plant in flower beds or hedges. This is, for example, a a good indicator of excess fertilizer in the garden. This can therefore show the gardener that he needs to limit the amount of nitrogen in his land. This bioindicator is also an index by the soil is too dense. Its roots also help to break up this settlement. Cider grasses are as well honey plants which attract pollinating insects, bees in the lead. Therefore, it is beneficial to the flowers, but also to the vegetable garden. In addition, many gardeners keep them for this reason by cutting off the flowers before they can propagate their seeds.

However, like any weed, it competes with the surrounding plants and suppresses them by trapping water, light and nutrients from the soil. This is especially true in the case of a strong attack. Once this information is in your hands, you need to decide if you want to remove these plants.

How to hunt cider grass in your garden?

Grass in the garden
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1) The right action against cider grass

Some gestures are completely unnecessary. This is the case, for example, with the use of a thermal herbicide which does not extend to the deep roots of this plant. The use of a shovel or handlebar is not recommended. This can leave roots in the soil and break them. So you will definitely be attacked after that! Other actions, in turn, allow its spread to be better controlled or even stopped. To avoid spreading by air (spreading bird seeds), cut out the parts in the air before they produce seeds. Also, be sure to apply mulch to prevent the spread of cedar grass and bypass the hoe every 8 days in areas where the ground is bare.

2) Manual lifting, the most efficient technology

Manual weeding or manual weeding should be done in spring or early summer on dry soil. Carefully turn the ground over 30 cm with grelinette, groove or shovel fork and remove the root ends. If you forget it, the grass may germinate again, so be careful and avoid root rupture. The more you break the roots, the more these plants will come back and grow. Then repeat every ten days to exhaust the plant. In the long run, it will grow less and less. Eh yes! eradicating this plant is a long and repetitive job!

3) white wine vinegar or boiling water

white garden vinegar
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This ecological product, which is very useful in the garden, kills the stems in a few hours. To enjoy her weed killer power, spray it with a spray bottle on the plants. New then after 10 days. Already weakened plants do not resist. If the vinegar is out, you can use pasta water or still boiling potato water to kill the plant. Repeat 2 or 3 times for the shoots to be treated and you will find that it is perfect for weeding. Then remove the roots as described above.

4) Solarization to remove cohesive grass

Solarization is a popular weed control technique. It consists of covering the infiltrated soil a thick black tarpaulin whose heads you have buried or blocked in place. After installation, the cover must remain in place for several months to suffocate the vegetation. This technique is excellent on large surfaces. Note, however, that it is not very aesthetic. It cleverly disguises mold or dead leaves. If there are a few scattered plants in your flower bed or vegetable plants, prefer to place one can in each plant to be removed.

5) Other plants to control cider grass? Yes and no !

Marigold flowers in a vegetable garden
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Plants and flowers are often a very effective ecological weapon. They are toxic to unwanted plants or pests and can effectively protect the garden. We also recommend very often nematosidiset tagetes which would be an excellent herbicide against this weed. Its little cousin the tagetes patula (or calendula) would be an excellent contraceptive in addition to repelling the nematodes, nematodes and aphids. Tagetes me, on the other hand, produces a powerful and destructive herbicide. However, the effectiveness of these plants is being discussed among gardeners.