How do you remove Pampas Grass

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MowinginEureka, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. MowinginEureka

    MowinginEureka LawnSite Member
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    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...?
     
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    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
     
  3. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    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
     
  5. MowinginEureka

    MowinginEureka LawnSite Member
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    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?
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  7. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    "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.
     
  8. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
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    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 !
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    He is about as invasive as pampas grass!
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