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I tried a search for this but couldn’t find an answer to my particular problem, so I apologise if there is a thread answering this.
Ok so here goes, I have a garden bed of cucumbers that I have grown from seed, whilst away on holidays grass has gotten into the veggie patch but it’s not long and pullable to remove as the local roos have been coming in every night whilst I wasn’t here, and having a great nibble. They didn’t touch the cucumbers but I now have a lovely thick lawn growing through the bed that I can’t hand weed out. My question is how should I go about getting the grass out with out damaging my young cucumber plants.
I would try to shade it out – apply some nitrogen fert (chook poo etc) water well, then cover with 4-5 pages of newspaper/cardboard topped with mulch to hold it down.
Every blade of grass would need to be covered for sure death. But if you want to keep feeding the wildlife (they may go for the cucs if nothing else available) then just do around the base of the cuc plants to stop the competition for nutrients/water and let the rest grow till you have finished harvesting.
Be sure to keep mulch away from stem of the vines.
That’s good advice veginout – I wouldn’t have thought of doing that. We also had problems with grass in the beds after mulching with meadow hay – NEVER AGAIN! We hand-pulled for seasons before eventually getting on top of it. It is very hard when you have little plants nearby. You might be able to try gently dislodging/cutting it off with a dutch hoe, but that will depend on how deep the roots have gone down…
I’m with Veginout and Bel on this one….I’d be leaving a bit for your “visitors” just in case they discover the cukes. I have used old carpet to suppress kikuyu with some success, or old hessian sacks.
Very good point about leaving some for the Roos, I was so busy trying to workout how to deal with it I didn’t see the big pic. I will just clear around the base of the plants then leave the rest till I clear the bed after cuts have finished
Thanks Dell :tup: