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MowinginEureka
03-30-2010, 02:30 PM
So I have a new maintenance customer, and I talked her into doing a bit of a cleanup. She has 4 plant I want to take out, 3 being VERY large Pampas Grass plants (bases are 5 ft in diameter) and a Cotton Easter taking up about 70 sq ft of area. My problem with the Pampas grass is only one is accessible for my truck or any other type of machinery. The other 2 are located in the side of the yard in her tiered landscape. Do I just plain have to dig them out? Or can I cut them short and spray them with some pesticide? Also, there is a large cotton easter that is out front by the pampas grass, it is right next to the water line and its trunk is rested up against the mow strip. So I figure I probably shouldn't just rip it out with a chain... Can I safely chop it down and remove the stump without worrying about the roots that shoot might be under the lawn and etc...?

grassman177
03-30-2010, 07:33 PM
time, patience, strong arm and a shovel. been there done that. have fun!

a plus to this job is you can replant it in broken up peices as new plants somewhere else, ie your own home or even a customer that wants some

FLAhaulboy
03-30-2010, 10:16 PM
I removed (3) large pampas for a client last yr. Cut them about one foot from the ground with a hedge trimmer & then dug them out. The wider the diameter of the pampas, the harder to remove in one piece. Best to cut out sections of the pampas with a sharpened shovel. I took them home & replanted them in my yard. Plenty of shoots to pot and sell to future clients down the road.

Of course you can cut it down to the ground & spray with a herbicide if you want too.

grassman177
03-30-2010, 11:26 PM
if you spray with herbicide, i can tell you from experience it will take 2-4 apps to kill it. it is very resilient stuff

MowinginEureka
03-31-2010, 03:02 AM
Yeah, I will definitely be cutting it down and digging it out, then spraying it. Because of the acidic soil here, pampas grass is an invasive species here. They grow like mad. Any luck with being able to pop the one out with a chain? Or do you think I will still have to dig most if not all of that one out?

cgaengineer
04-01-2010, 07:16 AM
Hmm, maybe I shouldn't plant that pampas grass at my house that I started from seed? I have no need for the 24 plants that have came up, but I figured they wouldn't all sprout.

FLAhaulboy
04-01-2010, 07:00 PM
"Any luck with being able to pop the one out with a chain? Or do you think I will still have to dig most if not all of that one out?"

I doubt it! Start digging.

Kevin M.
04-02-2010, 08:22 PM
I am way too familiar with pampass grass and there is a solution to totally removing it and there are two ways to remove it and neither is clean nor neat. Those two words are Fire -- burn the stuff out and Bobcat -- completely rip it out roots and all. I hate this crap and dont forgot the gloves !

AI Inc
04-03-2010, 07:44 AM
Wow , I need to read the thread titles better. I thought it said " how do you remove a pompas azz" and figured it was another Obama thread.

cgaengineer
04-03-2010, 08:48 AM
Wow , I need to read the thread titles better. I thought it said " how do you remove a pompas azz" and figured it was another Obama thread.

He is about as invasive as pampas grass!
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Care Free LC
04-17-2010, 12:28 PM
i just took one out last week that i used my chainsaw on. it went pretty quick and the roots werent that deep. I had to cut it into sections to get it all the way out, but hedge trimmers arent as effective for me. I took one out of my front yard with a machete a long time ago in short sleeves and no gloves. now i know better!

corey4671
04-17-2010, 12:33 PM
I learned the hard way on this stuff just trimming it back with short sleeves on. WOW. I thought my arms were literally on fire. Luckily I had some baby powder in the truck and that helped somewhat.