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what to use to keep bermuda away, no roundup though

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by henri4207, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. henri4207

    henri4207 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Any ideas on how to keep bermuda grass and weeds out of playground fall zones that are mulched? I cant use roundup as the nurserys do not approve of it, so any other way besides by hand the is not chemicals are harmful to people?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I just bought a weed dragon for a few areas that I can't spray. (propane torch)

    So for the results are 50/50, but definitively keeping the weeds under control.

    I would go with the weed-dragon Jr. or mini, or whatever it is. The standard one is a little intense on the BTU's so it's hard to keep it under control around wanted plants. You can also upgrade to a trigger control to do more of a spot application.

    You also want to be careful playing with fire.

  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Round up is much safer than anything you are going to find to supress bermuda grass. Keep in mind round up only supresses it, it does not kill it.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Flame weeding, that's cool.
  5. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Messages: 2,408

    You can chemically burn it using pure vinegar. You'll have to repeat weekly, or maybe biweekly.
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Vinegar and Clove oils.
    Repeat as necessary!

    Our parks departments here build play ground areas for the newer school additions, and they are filling the enclosures with 12 inches of that splinterless mulch. The thickness of the mulch helps to keep the weeds under control, but that bermuda will invade the stuff in a couple of months unless the areas are heavily trodden.

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