Re: [gardeners] Saturday gardening

penny x stamm (
Sat, 23 May 1998 22:27:04 -0400

Cynthia, my rock garden woke up this spring inundated with
grass volunteers, of all things! We had so much rain and cold 
weather that I did not attend to it until recently, and you know 
how that boomerangs! Any attempt I made at removal also took
with it w-a-y too much soil -- and furthermore, much grass was
now growing mixed in with many of the ground covers. 

And then one day the rains stopped, the sun came out -- and I 
took one look at that rock garden and screamed! Everywhere,
the grass was taller than the plants! There was only one thing to do: 
I took a half inch paint brush and an old veggie can filled with 
dilute Roundup, and hand painted whatever grasses I could 
cautiously approach. 

For one week, nothing showed any reaction. After two weeks, 
grass began to yellow. It is now three weeks, the grass is ALL
straw color -- BUT I cannot pull it out of the ground!  It just does
not appear to be dead ..... It is holding fast like glue.

Could it be that Roundup has a limited shelf life? Could I have
over-diluted it? Have you an opinion? 

..........BTW, what exactly is copper shield?

Penny, NY zone 6

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