[permaculture] crabgrass eradication

Golden Love goldenlove at cruzio.com
Sat Jun 23 19:04:16 EDT 2007

Hello Dieter,

I think what you have is Bermuda Grass. Crabgrass does not have underground
rhizomes, if any at all.  It is more like a bunch grass and has wider leaves
than the Bermuda Grass.

Golden Love
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[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Dieter Brand
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2007 6:42 AM
To: permaculture
Subject: Re: [permaculture] crabgrass eradication

  I know that crabgrass goes dormant in fall and starts growing
  again when the weather gets warm in the spring, but I was of
  the opinion that it grows from the rhizomes, apart from
  the seeds that is. I can't really proof this, but when digging 
  out rhizomes from my vegetable garden last March, the green
  blades had only just shown above the surface, while a large 
  network of rhizomes reached at least 1 foot underground 
  with older pieces which had gone almost woody. It would 
  have been impossible for the rhizomes to grow in the few 
  warm days we had until March. And there is no reason 
  why the tiny seeds should germinate at a depth of a foot 
  or more. Perhaps, the difference can be explained by the 
  climate. We only occasionally have light nighttime frost
  in the winter.
  By the way, referring to an earlier post of yours, it is quite
  easy to dig out crabgrass from loose garden soil if you 
  use a spading fork (if that is the term used in English, it is 
  called Grabgabel in German) to loosen the soil near the 
  crabgrass, then you can carefully pull the whole bundle 
  of rhizomes out of the ground at one go. Never use a spade. 
  A spade will cut the rhizomes into smaller pieces which will 
  each grow into a new rhizome.
  Dieter Brand

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