Removal of thick ground cover

katee_2006September 8, 2006

We recently moved into a new (to us) house. The original owner planted some type of ground cover in a bed next to a fence. I'm not a fan and as far as I'm concerned, it's a weed. Over the many years since the ground cover was originally planted, it's grown to be a very thick tangled mass--in some places 8 inches or more of dense runners. It doesn't really seem to have sunk many roots into the soil--its mainly growing horizontally. I've been cutting it out in blocks using a root knife. This hasn't been easy work, but I've been managing. The problem is that I've gotten to a section where the previous owner planted jasmine to grow up the fence. The jasmine has sent roots growing out through the groundcover and in some places its really too thick for my root knife.

I thought perhaps someone could suggest an easier way (or better yet an easy to use power tool) to remove this stuff. Thanks,KE

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westy1941(Boulder County, CO)

If Round-Up won't kill whatever it is, then try to find 'Vine-X'. It's the ONLY thing that would kill my invasive Ivy ground cover, but you have to 'paint' it on each 'piece' of vine. I couldn't find it locally, so google it. It's amazing. They will also give you advice from their site.


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