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Re: bermuda grass


I have done it on every garden bed I have had in New Mexico, Missouri and now Oklahoma for the last 18 years. There are a few tricks that help. First use at least one inch deep of paper... that is a lot of paper..... keep it moist... use at least 3 inches of grass clippings.... this is a lot of grass clippings... and then at least 2 inches of mulch. It is really important to keep it moist until the papers and the grass began to deteriorate and make a mat, then be sure to go around the edges with round up every 2 weeks would be the best. It is a lot of work but not as much as digging it out would be for me. The biggest benefit is the soil in about a year. The papers break down into carbon and draw the worms, they work the soil and make the most wonderful loam. I get newspapers from a lady that takes care of all the newspaper racks in town, grass clippings from mowing services and free mulch from the dump. All free for me but it takes tons to get it done. My sister did it too and it didn't work for her so I know it is bad when it doesn't work but if the grass starts to peak out you just put down more mulch.... also be sure to not butt the papers together... overlap so that NO sun can reach the soil.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jesse Bell" <silverhawk@flash.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bermuda grass


I tried that Tricia...made it even WORSE.  My Bermuda came back with a
vengeance. I ended up dozing that garden down to the ground. Got tired of
trying to get rid of the horrid stuff, and feeling guilty about my garden
looking so bad.



----- Original Message ----
From: Patricia
<pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008
12:42:17 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bermuda grass

or put down newspapers keep
them wet ... cover them with grass clippings....
then mulch.  I promise this
will work ... just put on more stuff and keep it
damp.. the worms will come
and work the soil and no chemicals
Tricia
----- Original Message ----- From:
"james singer" <islandjim1@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent:
Thursday, May 22, 2008 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bermuda grass


RoundUp.

On May 21, 2008, at 9:36 PM, Theresa G. wrote:

OK-
Need some
advice on how to get rid of this stuff- by any means
necessary.  It has
taken over an asparagus patch at my friend's  house.
I realize we may also
end up having to kill the asparagus  trying to do
away with the bermuda
grass- but at this point, we'll  do whatever it
takes.
Thanks-

Theresa


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Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04
W
Elevation 148'
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6

Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 86 F [30 C]


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