It is possible to dig out the rhizomes of couch grass
, as they are also shallow, but use a fork, loosening the soil as you go, to pull out long, intact lengths of rhizome.
is a tough weed that can spread rapidly and take over a border in no time.
GARDENERS' PERIL: Japanese knotweed brought into this country as an ornamental plant by the Victorians and, above, couch grass
To help prevent stone formation, drink a herbal tea containing golden rod, couch grass
and corn silk.
No sooner have you weeded beds and borders during a fine spell, than you'll have to do it again following a downpour, as seedlings emerge and difficult perennial weeds such as ground elder, couch grass
and bindweed do their worst.
No sooner have you weeded the beds and borders during a fine spell, than you'll have to do it again following a downpour, as seedlings emerge and difficult perennial weeds such as ground elder, couch grass
and bindweed do their worst, climbing up plants or spreading their underground roots so they are virtually impossible to eradicate.
Q I have perennial weeds like couch grass
and bishop weed, below, where I want to create a vegetable garden.
When I first had the plot, it was a mass of couch grass
, nettles, ground elder, and other horrors.
AADRIENNE SAYS: Couch grass
is like bindweed in that it re-grows from the tiniest fragments of root.
Many people are put off by the expense of building new rock gardens and by the fact that the plants can so easily be overwhelmed by weeds like couch grass
and ground elder.
, docks and bindweed are particular culprits although bracken, bramble and perennial nettles may also be growing strongly in among your wanted plants or on waste ground.
she asked, as together we tried to dig 11 months of buttercup roots and couch grass
out of her sodden sandpit.
If you have couch grass
or bindweed, it's a good time to dig it out as you can dig up herbaceous perennials if necessary to remove the couch grass
rhizomes from their root system and then replant the perennial.
With its early-planted but un-banked potatoes, substantial crop of weeds and couch grass
, it looks much as ours used to in the wilderness years.
If it is virgin ground, not previously cultivated, plant potatoes in the first year to break up the ground and get rid of the couch grass