Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-15-2012, 04:18 PM
CK82 CK82 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern Wisconsin
Posts: 229
How To Kill Out Pampas Grass w/out Chemicals

Hey fellas,

I have a customer who has an out of control 15ft.+ circle of pampas grass she'd like removed. I would normally kill it out with chemicals and till. In this case there are cable/telephone/and power wires all running through the area. She'd like the area killed off w/out chemicals and then reseed with ketucky blue/fescue/etc.

Would laying a thick tarp over the area during the growing season take care of this? Or will it just come back after the tarp is removed?

Any info would be great.

Thanks, Chris
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-15-2012, 04:28 PM
Mark Oomkes Mark Oomkes is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 7,356
Pampas grass in Wisconsin?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-15-2012, 04:40 PM
CK82 CK82 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern Wisconsin
Posts: 229
I guess it could be a switch/reed grass of some sort as well. Either way, it is a larger ornamental grass.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-15-2012, 04:44 PM
Mark Oomkes Mark Oomkes is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 7,356
Proper ID is always a good idea in trying to determine a method of control or eradication.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-15-2012, 04:57 PM
TJ LAWN's Avatar
TJ LAWN TJ LAWN is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Detoilet, Michigan
Posts: 128
Gas and a Match......The Fire will burn off any Chemical Residue......
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-16-2012, 10:48 PM
CK82 CK82 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern Wisconsin
Posts: 229
Thanks for the "helpful" replies. Its a large section of switch grass. If I was using a chemical and looking to selectively weed out something from a lawn or flower bed then your replies would be great.

So has anyone ever tried the tarp and let sit for awhile trick? Does it work, or would it come back? I would imagine it would choke it out, if during the growing season.

Thank you.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-17-2012, 01:57 AM
Dr.NewEarth Dr.NewEarth is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver Canada
Posts: 1,406
If you have time to wait, Cut the grass right down to its mound. As close as you can get it to the ground, and keep it short. Continue to remove any-thing that pops up throughout the season.

This will deplete the energy in the roots. Also, if you are able to cut back during the winter and it freezes outside, then the plant usually dies as it has no protection.

Last edited by Dr.NewEarth; 02-17-2012 at 01:58 AM. Reason: Go Canucks Go
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-17-2012, 10:37 AM
Mark Oomkes Mark Oomkes is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 7,356
Quote:
Originally Posted by CK82 View Post
Thanks for the "helpful" replies. Its a large section of switch grass. If I was using a chemical and looking to selectively weed out something from a lawn or flower bed then your replies would be great.

So has anyone ever tried the tarp and let sit for awhile trick? Does it work, or would it come back? I would imagine it would choke it out, if during the growing season.

Thank you.
It would take time, just as any non-herbicide control will.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:24 AM.

Page generated in 0.08690 seconds with 9 queries