June 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm #497783
I have a very similar problem.
Once a year, I carefully whipper snipper the base (as close to the wire as I can get) and get rid of as much as I can. After whippering I go along the fence line and pull the long stuff that I just cut the base off, out of the fence.
This then leave those annoying ‘clumps’ at the base of the fence. I have plenty of grass/straw available, which I then use to pile over the clumps, up the fence on either side. This starves them of all light. Give it about 6 weeks, then rake any remaining mulch away. Then with a shovel, I go remove all the now dead clumps and put them in the compost pile.
A bit of work, but it works for me and gives me a good reason to inspect the fence and keep both sides of it free of grass.
Hope it works for you.June 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm #497784
I have dealt with similar after being away in our wet, warm summer, and comming back to a jungle.
We have successfully recovered:
1) Wipper – snip the grass down to the ground (not compulsory, but will speed it up)
2) get in the animals! – we had ~12 chooks which we had in there for about 3 weeks – they love this work, and will do it all day..
3) help them do their work.. every day, before work or whatever.. get in there, spend 5-10 minutes doing a bit of digging… turn over the weeds so that their roots are upwards… the chooks will go crazy about the worms etc, and will dig, using your digging as a starting point.. each day, pull some weeds, dig some ground.. at the end of our ~3-4 weeks we prepared and planted out the beds.June 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm #497785
Thanks everyone.Hind sight is a wonderful thing!When I was actively using the no dig garden I had everything under control,and will make sure I do when it’s up and running again.Just got sidetracked establishing the chook mandela garden,and yes my “girls” and Mr Clogs did a wonderful job with that.Not practical for this area.
After DH announced he would build me a proper fence I decided I should just get in there and get stuck into it with the shears and fork to dig out the clumps as everything would need to be cleared before fencing.No Roundup.Consequently I have just done two days of probably the hardest sustained sheer physical work I have ever done,and I thought digging out all the kikuyu runners from six large round beds after the chooks had done what they could was pretty tough.I have so far cleared all the no dig bed edges of love grass and also a no dig bed that was outside the main fenced area and was totally surrounded with thick metre high and wide African Love Grass.Probably another two days to go to dismantle all the fences.Just having a coffee break before getting out there again.On the upside I’m so thankful that being a couple of years shy of my three score years and ten I can still do it!!!! Did anyone see “The Young Ones” on ABC last night? The commentator mentioned that older people need continual challenges of all kinds ……so I’m doing OK then!Will be putting pics of progress in my Garden Log in a day or so’s time.June 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm #497786
That’s fantastic BlueWren that you are out in the garden… Don’t know what love grass is, but doesn’t sound good!June 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm #497787
Kristy post=314191 wrote: That’s fantastic BlueWren that you are out in the garden… Don’t know what love grass is, but doesn’t sound good!
I didn’t know either so I googled it. I assume it is African Lovegrass or Eragrostis curvula
There is a good link here with pics…June 15, 2011 at 12:55 am #497788
Thanks Steve for the photos, looks very tough to pull out…June 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm #497789
Kristy post=314226 wrote: Thanks Steve for the photos, looks very tough to pull out…
Yup,that’s the one!!The only good thing about it is that it grows in clumps and doesn’t run like kikuyu and others.If you can see the base of a clump a good hard dig and rip gets the whole clump out.My problem was I had to shear off all the tops before I could reach the bottoms entangled with the fence.They are all out now,and today I am going to dismantle the fences,realign the no dig beds and put the path tiles back over thick newspaper.Then it will be over to DH.I also raked out six months worth of pooey short summer grass clippings from the chook dome to spread around the mandela beds and replaced it with all the love grass,so the chooks are comb deep in it.June 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm #497790
If you are thinking of using roundup, watch this!January 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm #497791
I was interested in reading Wombat’s YouTube post but it’s no longer there. 20 years ago I farmed & one of my neighbours was an enthusiastic user of Roundup & didn’t take any protection precautions………….he ended up spending months in hospital.
The makeup of Roundup these days is nothing like it was back then & it’s about the only thing I’ve found that will get rid of bracken & lantana.
XioJanuary 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm #497792
I believed that stuff was Veldt grass.
Maybe WA name?
Pain in the posterior what ever its name.
I have a tract of bush outside my property, shire came through and sprayed the watsonia and veldt grass this year. they also killed my newly planted hakeas.
Don’t know what they used but the veldt is off and growing againJanuary 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm #497793
Hi, If you can stay away from round up or like it is best, apart from the very concerning human health issues there is some research that I have been made aware of (not as yet published, but soon to be) that found that continual use of round up breaks down soil structure,and develops an area void of macro and micro organisms, this is bad if you want to continue gardening or would like to maybe use the area in the future (I will post the research once I have access to it).
I have had success with hard to get at areas and totally eradicated Kikuyu grass with the use of boiling water, just keep poring it on the new shoots. of you have a weed that keeps coming up from roots, dig the top out and poor boiling water on the root bowl. Other than that solarising with black plastic and deep mulching works well for easy to get at areas. using a kettle full of water can take a while but we also just pore out the boiling water after cooking, say for potatoes onto weeds and do it bit by bit.
Round up is sold as safe but there is more and more cases of long term effects coming to light, I suspect it may be the next asbestos of the future. I have to say I have used round up in the land care group I am in by we do not spray it anymore, just cut the lantana and paint the cut stem, works well without air borne residue, but I hate the stuff. 🙂
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