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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reeds in lawn!!! Reply with quote

Hi, I'm hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction with regard to dealing with random tufts of reeds in our lawn. We put drains in our lawn last summer which have been very successful. However, we have tufts of reeds in the grass especially in the areas that were very wet before the drains. Is there any spray or weedkiller that will target them? thanks Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi..
id expect what you have is common "soft rush" rather than reeds...
If so there are a few selective week killers that can be got in agricultural supply shops that kill these... probably only in bulk quantities...

I know you can use roundup and brush it on from a container rather than spray it on as it isnt selective....

They are hard to kill.....

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you may be right there bam. Are they like the ones pictured below masie?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:25 pm    Post subject: Green grow the rushes on the Verges! Reply with quote

Verge!

You are not supposed to do that to nostalgic ex-pats! It makes us all throat-lumpy and weepy for the oul-sod. But what a brilliant photo and so totally unexpected.

I had a single rush growing in my herb plot here in Thurrock, self-seeded last year through this year. At first I thought it was chives cause I'd never seen just one on its own. When I stopped being nostalgic this August I dug it oop. The gas thing is there are no huge swathes of rushes for miles, although I'm close to fenland. Whereja think the seed came from?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Green grow the rushes on the Verges! Reply with quote

walltoall wrote:
Whereja think the seed came from?


Came in on peat compost possibly. And I am sure bord na mona export to the UK.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: rushing from Ireland to Thurrock Reply with quote

Nice one, Verge. Had not occurred to me! That wee plot had five bags of Irish peat (well NornIron actually) dug i9nto it in 2006. So there-yar. I pult oop a bit of Ireland, put it through the shredder and composted it!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Common soft rush indeed...Juncus effusus
Nostalga is one thing... Get this damn thing out ASAP, they are notoriously hard to remove once established and the seed remains in the soil for decades...
If soil is moist they will thrive...spraying will control them but proper drainage is the only permanent solution..

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: Green grow the rushes oh! Reply with quote

Thanks Bam. It is out and long gone. I'm just amused that it grew at all, in the semi-arid climate I live in. I took Verge's splendid photo though and made it my wall-paper.

BTW, I know this is 'off-topic' but my fig has about 100 fruit on it all the size of an average walnut. None of them is ripening and in fact I've only got four fat ripe ones this year. Does that mean I've had it for 2008 or can figs ripen in mid September?

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