How will I ever get the bermuda grass out of my flower beds

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by medtec113, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. medtec113

    medtec113 LawnSite Member
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    I think the title describes my problem. I built my beds 4 years ago and put down fabric, the plants, then mulch with straw each year. Now I have bermuda grass growing in my beds and up through the middle of my plants. (blue rug juniper, nandina fire power) Please tell me there is a solution other than starting over. I have a bermuda lawn BTW.
     
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    you can spray fusilade over most shrubs and it will kill bermuda, then pre-m this spring with something like snapshot. The frost should have sent it into dormancy so dont spray until it is actively growing, you can hand pull some as well.
     
  3. medtec113

    medtec113 LawnSite Member
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    I will check into fusilade. The pulling by hand isnt working well. Will the snap shot stop bermuda from germinating?
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will not stop runners from creeping, but it will prevent common bermuda seeds from sprouting.like fl said, there are some post chems that will control it, but the best way is hand pulling in most cases.
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  5. cgaengineer

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  6. medtec113

    medtec113 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks. At this point if it kills the plants at least then I could spray it all and start over. NOT THAT I WANT THAT just saying its frustrating
     
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good advice from Cga. The stuff kills all kinds of grass, but not other plants. Same active ingredient as Fusilade. Keep it on hand as more Bermuda will creep in next year. You need some deep edging to help stop bermuda roots and rhizomes from creeping in. It should be tall enough to prevent bermuda from crawling over the barrier.

    Good luck.
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bermuda is tough to control if it gets in bed areas...I have used that stuff above and although it works well, it may take 2 applications to kill bermuda.
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  9. medtec113

    medtec113 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys. I have hope. My edgeing is pretty deep but bermuda grew under I believe. Thanks again for the help
     
  10. cgaengineer

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    If you edge with an edger weekly you will cut most of the runners and prevent them from spreading wildly.
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