[permaculture] Crabgrass, Bermuda grass, etc.

Dieter Brand diebrand at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 18 04:02:45 EDT 2007

  This is a method of last resort. Soil without vegetation is dead
  soil. How long did it take you to get rid of the crabgrass. I
  reckon that I would have to cover my soil with black plastic 
  sheeting for at least 2 years to be sure that none of the rhizomes
  remain in the soil.  Anyway, this is not feasible for several
  acres of fields.
  Dieter Brand

Golden Love <goldenlove at cruzio.com> wrote:  I fried my Bermuda and Kikuyu grass using black plastic tarps. None to be
found now.

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[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Dieter Brand
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2007 2:58 AM
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Subject: [permaculture] Crabgrass, Bermuda grass, etc.

Many thanks to all who replied in this thread. Apart from crabgrass 
and Bermuda grass, there is also Kikuyu Grass. We are blessed with
all three of them. Among the 3 methods for controlling this type of

- applying lime,
- spreading partially decayed wood mulch
- growing rye or ryegrass,

I like the rye or ryegrass best, since it permits to grow new biomass 
in the process. I actually had some patches with rye and ryegrass in 
the winter, so far they seem to be free of crabgrass, but the real test 
will come in the summer.

I also noticed that places with plantago lanceolata and plantago maior 
(plantain) are free of crabgrass, but I don't know how effective they 
are for combating this type of grass.

Dieter Brand 

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