How to get rid of Mexican Feather Grass?

danell(7)November 25, 2012

I had three of these planted earlier this year but pulled them all out within one to two months yet now with the rainy season I see little babies popping up everywhere. Can I expect this to be a continuing problem or is there something I can do to rid myself of it? The area is heavily planted with other grasses, perrennials, ground covers, trees and bushes so I don't think chemicals a good idea.

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donn_(7b-8a)

Keep pulling them, and don't let any of them flower or go to seed.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 7:17PM
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jungle87(Southern Illinois, 6b, 7a)

You should dig some up and send them to me, lol.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 5:51PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

They pull out of the ground very easily. Pull every time you see one where you don't want it to grow.

In the future, you can restrain seeding somewhat by "combing" the grass clump when it starts to set seed. Be certain you have a large container nearby to stash the "combings."

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:27AM
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danell(7)

Thanks all. Jungle87, I have a better idea, why don't you come pull them and take all you want?

Actually I've pulled most of the larger weeds, removed the top 1/2 to inch of soil (with the hope of removing more of the dratted feather grass seeds) and will now lay down landscape cloth (easier to get in quantity than newspaper - although I would prefer newspaper because it breaks down and adds something to the soil) and then lay 3-4 inches of shredded hemlock bark on top. That, I hope, will do the trick. Cheers!

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 2:11PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I've grown it for over ten years and have multiple clumps and never had such a problem with it seeding. I actually let them grow and pot them up and sell them. They ship easily when small.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 1:41PM
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