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amckernan
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:52 pm    Post subject: What is this plant and how to I remove it? Black Thumb! Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me what this is? I have found similar plants online, but nothing exactly like it even though it's a somewhat common plant. I am redoing our front garden and this thing just sheds long dead leaves and is a haven for snails. How do I get this thing out of my garden?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a Pampas grass ? If it is, I think you're in for quite a job to get rid of it......I've even heard of people setting fire to it....not recommended in a front garden right beside a wall !
I hope someone with experience of Pampas-grass-murder can help you !
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I lived in UK I had an enormous Pampas. At the end of the year I used to cut it right down and then set light to it. It used to come back year after year. So burning it won't do it. I finally got rid of it by digging it out which was quite a task as the roots are compacted and go quite deep.
A word of warning. Wear gloves and sleeves as the leaves are like razors and will cut you to ribbons.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like pampas grass to me as well.
You will have to remove the dead leaves yourself with a sharp pair of garden clippers.
Don't forget to wear a good pair of gloves, long sleeved top and trousers as the leaves on the pampas grass are razor sharp.
If you wish to reduce the overall size of the clump you can just get in there and hack the rootball with a sharp spade and hatchet.
Then replant a small but densely rooted section of it before discarding the rest.

Burning was mentioned already.
Some further interesting talk about pampas grass burning about half way down this topic.... Rats in compost and pampas.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, amckernan, if your Pampas grass, is ,as it seems to be, in your front garden, I think you should read this wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortaderia_selloana

...particularly the last bit under the heading "Swinging". ...just in case you didn't realise the significance of growing the plant in the front garden !!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I truly hope that wikipedia is full of misinformation because the house was my mother-in-laws and my husband and I are renovating, obviously the train of thought is not pleasant!

Also, we can't burn it because we live in a neighborhood and it's considered a fire hazard. So it looks like the only way would be dig it from it's roots?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I said I used to burn mine when I was in UK.
I understand bonfires are banned in Ireland and there are hefty fines if found to be having fires. I have also been led to believe that the only time you can have fires is on June 23rd when its a Saints Day. We have helicopters checking us in Mayo.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you go to your local garda station you can get a permission slip to burn 'garden waste' You do have to sign a declaration stating that you wont be burning any hazerdous waste, but I don't think a pampas would be a problem. Although there is an old saying 'Its easier to get forgiveness then permission'
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