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By Penny Stine

If you’re tired of reading about my attempts to whip my garden into shape, then join our blog and write a few entries yourself. Otherwise, read below for the continued saga of my struggle against the evil grass that wants to take over the world.

As I wrote last month, I hate grass. It grows beautifully where you don’t want it (note how lush and full the grass is here in my strawberry bed) but grows spotty in places where you’d like it to be worthy of a golf course.





On one of my frequent visits to Bookcliff Gardens, I asked about ways to get rid of grass without killing everything in a bedding area and starting over. They pointed me in the direction of this little bottle from Fertilome. It’s supposed to kill just the grass, not fruit, flowers or vegetables.

It was pricey… I can’t remember exactly, but I’m thinking it was more than $40 for this bottle of concentrate. This is a concentrate, however, and mixes eight gallons of spray. One gallon is supposed to cover 1,800 square feet. The grass killer must be used with horticultural oil, which Bookcliff conveniently carries.



 I mixed the grass-be-dead and the oil in my gallon sprayer bottle and off I went in search of offensive grass: You have to wait for the grass to come out of its dormant stage and be green, but since I had lots of green grass in my strawberry beds and along the edge of the new garden area, I found plenty of target areas to spray.

I used up the entire gallon of spray. Don’t know if the area was 1,800 square feet or not, since I was wandering all over my yard with my sprayer, eager to pounce on any errant blades of grass growing where I didn’t want them.



I will update in another week or two to report on the success of my grass-killing mission. I’m hoping it didn’t damage the iris, yarrow, chives or vinca that are also starting to come out of the dormant stage, but are completely overshadowed by all the stinkin' grass. 

Yes, I know I’m no longer an organic gardener, but I refuse to hang my head in shame. I’ve pulled more grass than seven herds of sheep, and that was just last year.


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