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moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Grass killer?
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:30:38 pm »
Does any one know of a weed killer that only kills grass? There use to be one a long time ago that just killed grass - it was brilliant for twitch, but I can't remember the name of it. I'm pretty sure it is not made any more! I've seen one called 'Grass-be-Gone' but it seems like it's only available in the U.S.A.
Just wondered if anyone knew of anything available here?
Thank you 
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Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: Grass killer?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 07:51:14 am »
get a dog like my retriever who seems to do a great job of only killing our grass  ::) :dog:

cans

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Grass killer?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 08:26:58 am »
Just consulted OH.... Any weedkiller will kill grass.  Unfortunately it will also kill anything green!  Dont know of one that kills just twitch,  Found this    hope it helps:

Control
Non-chemical control
First consider non-chemical control options;

In uncultivated areas, forking out is possible in lighter soils, as much of the underground stem system is fairly shallow, but it is easy to leave behind small sections of rhizome in the ground. These quickly regrow and need to be removed before they form a new network of rhizomes.

In cultivated areas, hand weeding can be done where there are small isolated infestations among herbaceous perennials. This is best done in early spring when the plants will soon re-establish and around bulbs as the bulb foliage is dying, but is not practical around trees, shrubs and roses where roots may be considerably damaged.

Strip off infested lawns and dig out any remaining couch grass roots before re-turfing.

Chemical controls
Glyphosate
Glyphosate-based weedkillers (e.g. Scotts Roundup Ultra 3000, Scotts Tumbleweed, Bayer Tough Rootkill, Bayer Garden Super Strength Weedkiller or Doff Maxi Strength Glyphosate Weedkiller; or for spot treatment use Scotts Roundup Gel) are very effective and, if correctly applied, should kill even heavy infestations of couch in one application.

As these products are not selective, care is needed to prevent spray landing or drifting on to other cultivated plants and causing damage. Protect them with polythene while spraying and remove only once it has dried. Follow this advice for spraying:

In spring, spray when the new growth has reached a minimum 10-15cm (4-6in) high with each shoot having not less than four or five new leaves. Spraying at this stage of growth, in mild conditions when growth is active, will usually be very effective
If attempting control in the autumn, the best period for spraying is early October to mid-November, but before the first frosts. Try to avoid drought conditions, as results can be disappointing
In heavily couch-infested areas it may be better to dig up cultivated plants, carefully tease out any couch grass roots that may be in the rootball and relocate them temporarily while treatment takes place. It is unnecessary to remove bulbs that have died back where no part of the plant is visible above ground
Couch grass should die back within three weeks; but treat any regrowth as soon as possible. Do not cultivate the soil until the grass has been completely killed
Lawn weedkillers
There are no selective lawn weedkillers that will kill couch grass while leaving the rest of the grass unharmed.

Infested lawns should therefore be sprayed off with glyphosate until the grasses are fully killed. Only then can the area be dug over and prepared for re-sowing or re-turfing.

moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Re: Grass killer?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 09:38:54 pm »
Thanks for the replies! I like the dog idea Clarebelle, but hubby doesn't, so it looks like one of the ideas from Cans!
Anyway, thank you both!
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cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Grass killer?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2014, 10:46:26 pm »
Does any one know of a weed killer that only kills grass? There use to be one a long time ago that just killed grass - it was brilliant for twitch, but I can't remember the name of it. I'm pretty sure it is not made any more! I've seen one called 'Grass-be-Gone' but it seems like it's only available in the U.S.A.
Just wondered if anyone knew of anything available here?
Thank you

 What are you doing that only needs the grass killing ?
Mulches and cardboard are good weed barriers , you plant things through the weed barrier and mulch.

 You may find a pre emergence weed killer works if you cover the area with a 2 inch layer of peat ( B&Q , " Verve " , £ 6 ish per 120m litre bale at present ) & spray on a pre emergence weed killer as soon as the grass pokes through ahead of most other small plants  ..it dissipates in a few weeks so you can sow & grow most crops fairly quickly  .
For the life of me I can't remember the name of the stuff my farming pals used for their cut & drill a week or so  later wheat fields .
 
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