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Sun Sep 15, 2019, 02:59 PM

If you have a small front yard

NEVER plant this Zebra grass:

or this Fountain grass:

I learned the hard way! I think my previous landscaper had it in for me when he planted them. They have basically EXPLODED so much that I can't see my house from the street!

I'm currently looking for a gardener to take them both out, and have heard that these plants have roots like iron and are quite difficult to remove completely.

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Reply If you have a small front yard (Original post)
shanti Sep 15 OP
applegrove Sep 15 #1
shanti Sep 15 #8
Bayard Sep 15 #2
Hoyt Sep 15 #3
WhiteTara Sep 15 #4
BigmanPigman Sep 15 #7
Doodley Sep 15 #5
shanti Sep 15 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 15 #6
shanti Sep 15 #10

Response to shanti (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 03:14 PM

1. Zebra grass is my favourite. I so wish i had a garden so i could plant some.

Saw it at a rock garden park near where i grew up. Fell in love immediately.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 06:32 PM

8. Oh, I do love the look of them

but not in my postage-stamp front yard. They would be awesome in a big yard. It was supposed to be a basic xeriscaped yard, but didn't turn out that way!

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Response to shanti (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 03:21 PM

2. Hey, I'll take those off your hands!

They'd look great around my pond.

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Response to shanti (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 03:36 PM

3. Had those once. Liked them a lot. When they got tall, we cut them down and started over.

Caveat -- I'm the type who will spray ant spray on plants to kill ants. It works because the plants die.

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Response to shanti (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 03:45 PM

4. These are non native invasives

and shouldn't be planted anywhere. Be sure and don't let the seed heads go. Cut it back to the ground and hack off parts of it as you can. Good luck!

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 06:26 PM

7. They arw all around my apt and are weeds to me.

I can't kill them and have tried for 25 years.

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Response to shanti (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 03:47 PM

5. Can you mow them down with a lawnmower?

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Response to Doodley (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 06:35 PM

9. Nope

They're at least 6 feet tall. I don't have the strength to do it myself. You basically have to put a bungee cord around it and take a hedge trimmer to it from the bottom to trim it. Then, you have to dig and dig to get the vigorous roots out. I asked the gardener last year to take a chunk off and transplant it, hoping it would stunt its growth, which he did, but it didn't take. AND it grew back bigger. So it must go.

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Response to shanti (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 04:24 PM

6. Some grasses get very large and don't work well in small yards.

The ones that are toughest to get rid of are those that spread through runners because they'll take over. Miscanthus sinensis (silvergrass) is one of those, too - it's really cool looking but it's very aggressive and in some areas is considered an invasive species. http://www.invadingspecies.com/miscanthus/

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 06:39 PM

10. Ah yes, pampas grass

I saw it a lot in SoCal, when I lived there. Really pretty, BUT invasive as you state. My gardener had to know that it would get that way. It wasn't the first thing I didn't like about his work (ethic). I told him what I liked, but these weren't one of them - he just planted them.

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