Perhaps there is no gardener more unpleasant enemy than weeds. They are able to bring out the most calm and sophisticated person out of balance. It would seem that just having weeded the bed on the site and for several days you can calmly admire the fruit of your efforts, but then it rained, got distracted for a week, looking - and there again the forest was out of grass, and from the cultivated plants, as they say, only the horns remained, yes legs. Wheatgrass weed is the brightest representative of these villains in the vegetation form. For many years, how many ways they have not been invented to fight him, but he is alive and healthy and is developing more and more new territories.
In fact, wheatgrass is just a plant, therefore, of course, you can cope with it, you just need to choose a certain strategy and follow it strictly. This article is dedicated to how to get rid of the wheatgrass creeping.
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Before you think about how to deal with wheatgrass, you need to get acquainted with this plant, because, despite all its obvious shortcomings for a gardener, he also has advantages. Pyrei gives excellent hay and nutritious green fodder to livestock and poultry. The plant has medicinal properties, because it is not for nothing that cats and dogs often eat it when it is not good. Therefore, before you destroy the wheatgrass on your plot completely and irrevocably, think maybe the plant can still be useful to you.Comment! Pyraeus can quite really help with diseases of the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines. Fresh wheatgrass juice is used for skin problems.
So, what looks like wheat grass creeping? And it looks like the most common grass from the family of cereals. It is a perennial plant that must be taken into account when starting a fight with it. Wheatgrass is the main attraction of rhizome, which is able to branch and crawl (hence the specific name) for long distances. In the horizontal plane, the rhizome of a single plant is fully capable of covering a surface area of three square meters. But wheat grass rarely penetrates below 15-20 cm.
Pyrei, the photo of which you can see below, is able to multiply by seeds and segments of rhizome, and so successfully that even a centimeter length is enough for the plant to release a stem with a leaf.
Among the people, wheatgrass is called a pyrnik and a dog's tooth for the ability, as it were, to pierce (pyryat) the crops of cultivated plants, as well as the rye and resident for the similarity with the cultured grain plants (wheat, rye).
Wheatgrass can reach a height of 1.5 meters. In the close-up photo you can see that its leaves sometimes get a bluish tinge.
Since the plant belongs to the family of cereals, the flower in it has the appearance of an upright spike.
Pyrei is truly a super hardy plant.Attention! It grows on any soil and feels good even on a summer cottage with a sour soil.
The plant easily tolerates any drought and frost, and its seeds begin to germinate already at temperatures of + 2 ° C- + 3 ° C. Of course, all these qualities combined form the image of a malicious pest of gardens and gardens.
Crushing blow with the help of chemistry
If you are puzzled over the problem of how to remove wheat grass from the garden, then the use of herbicides will help you in any case. Herbicides, that is, chemicals that destroy plants, have been known for a long time, but only in recent years have those that are considered relatively safe appeared. They are divided into:
- herbicides of continuous action, which is better to handle large areas without planting of cultivated plants;
- herbicides of selective action, which are suitable for lawns or beds with already planted vegetables.
Among the drugs most used gardeners should mention the following:
- Hurricane Forte;
- Fyuzilad Forte.
When the active substance of such drugs gets on the green part of the plant, it quickly spreads throughout the body, penetrates into the roots, the synthesis of substances is disturbed and the wheat grass dies. The disadvantage of these drugs is that they do not affect the seeds and their germination, so after a single treatment, new plants often come out of the ground and quickly regain territory.
Hence the conclusion: treatment with herbicides should be carried out at least twice.
It is believed that the half-life of harmful components after exposure to herbicides is 2-4 weeks. That is, after this period, the garden can be planted with the necessary plants or planted seedlings. Thus, the treatment procedure makes sense to carry out either in early spring or in autumn after harvesting. Gardeners, who used this method, believe that it is very effective in order to destroy the wheat grass in the garden. That's just the question of the complete safety of herbicides is still open.
Tip! In order to protect your cultivated plants, try not to use these preparations more often than once every three years at the same place.
Organic farming methods
Organic farming and its methods are becoming increasingly popular among summer residents and gardeners. And for good reason, because they provide an opportunity, without disturbing the natural balance, it is quite possible to cope with problems that are not always on the shoulder even for chemical preparations. If you do not want to apply chemistry, but you do not know how to get rid of the weed called creeping couch differently, organic farming will come to your aid.
More recently, scientists have developed new drugs that are clusters of certain microorganisms. When processing healthy plant tissues in small concentrations (as well as in the case of homeopathy), they can not only improve the development of plants, but also protect them from diseases. But, if the concentration is increased 10-fold and the damaged plant tissues are processed by them, then microorganisms, having fallen on fresh sections, trigger the fermentation mechanism, the roots lose their viability and the plants die. It is through this mechanism that you can get rid of wheat grass in the garden.
The following EM drugs are best known:
- Baikal EM-1;
- Gumazat EM is universal.
The scheme to combat wheatgrass with the help of EM-preparations is as follows: in the autumn after harvesting, it is necessary to prune all unnecessary plants, including creeping wheatgrass weed at ground level. On the same day, shed the entire canted area with any of the EM preparations in a concentration increased 10 times compared to the traditional one.Important! Processing must be carried out within 12 hours after cutting the plants, so that the preparations fall on fresh sections, otherwise the effect can be greatly reduced.
An additional consequence of this treatment is that the microorganisms will stimulate the germination of wheatgrass seeds, which, when they begin to grow, will quickly fall under the first frost. If you repeat the same operation in early spring after the emergence of the next shoots, you can finally destroy those wheatgrass plants that did not die in the fall.
To get rid of the grass, it is only necessary to cover the areas on which he settled with any dark material: film, roofing material, non-woven material or just cardboard. This method will not let you down if you put shelters in early spring and keep them until the beginning of winter. The only problem is that in this way they are fighting with wheatgrass only in small areas. For a large area to find so much dark material for the shelter of plants is difficult.
But on small plots it is hard to come to terms with the idea that this land will be turned off during the entire warm season. Therefore, this method works best for the destruction of wheat grass between the rows of beds with plants.
Siderats - rescuers
Siderates are plants that, when sown and mowed before flowering, improve the condition of the soil. Many of them, especially plants from the legume family, are capable of enriching the soil with nutrients, while others help fight weeds, displacing them.
Many gardeners flee from the invasion of wheatgrass, sowing areas where he began to grow especially actively, with oats or rye. This operation can be done both in spring and autumn after harvesting. Beforehand, the land needs to be cultivated or dug up at least a half of the shovels, without even choosing the rhizomes of the wheatgrass.
Attention! This method is suitable even for a large plot of land.
Then sow rye or oats ribbons with a distance of 15 cm between them. Somewhere in 5-6 weeks, when the plants reach 15 cm, they must be cut, cultivated again, and if weather conditions allow, plant the area again with rye or oats. If you repeat this procedure as a whole about three times, the wheat grass will be destroyed on your site forever.
Interestingly, wheatgrass also does not like some cultivated plants, such as peas, corn, beans, sunflower. If the seeds of these plants are densely planted on a plowed field, then when they grow, they will be able to strangle its root system and it will be done away with the wheatgrass.
These methods of weed control are probably known to all gardeners; nevertheless, they can be effective in small areas with a certain perseverance, patience and diligence.
- Digging with careful selection of wheatgrass roots. It is necessary to carry it out with the help of a fork, since a shovel will only cut the rhizomes of plants, and it will be almost impossible to select them completely. Forks usually do an excellent job with this task.
- Continuous pruning of young wheat grass plants at ground level. This method of fighting with wheatgrass is actually designed for the fact that sooner or later no roots can withstand, and without supplying them with food due to the above-ground leaf part of the plants, they will die.
- Periodically grinding the roots of a plant with a cultivator. When using this method, it is important to remove young wheatgrass seedlings from the ground in time, until their roots have had time to form a new powerful layer.
- Oddly enough it sounds, but you can fight with wheatgrass in the garden by simply ignoring it. In this case, cardboard is laid out directly on top of the plants, various plant garbage is placed on top, which is covered with a layer of fertile soil. The edges of an improvised garden bed can be lined with stones or bricks and any garden plants should be planted there. Pyrei will not be able to survive under a similar construction.
Comment! Do not forget that even if your weed control has ended successfully, and the wheat grass has disappeared from your site, it may well creep to you again from your neighbors.
In the olden days, the whole village used to struggle with wheatgrass, and now, given the number of abandoned sites, it is necessary to take measures to protect the borders from the uninvited guest. This is easy to do if you do not have a very large area, dug into the ground from your neighbors to a depth of 25-30 cm strip of slate or any plastic to protect against the rhizomes of the plant.
In terms of the fight against wheatgrass, all means are good, and perhaps you will be interested in some popular ways of getting rid of this weed.
- Soda - using a strong soda solution for watering the wheatgrass bushes, you can easily get rid of the pesky plant.
- Salt - is the cheapest of the folk remedies, eliminating the grass. If you sprinkle it on top of plants, then after watering or rain, it will be absorbed into the ground and will significantly limit the growth of wheatgrass.
- Citric acid - if 3 tablespoons of the substance are dissolved in 1 liter of hot water and spray it with wheatgrass, then it will have to come to life for a long time.
- Vinegar - for spraying of wheat grass it is better to take 15-20% vinegar, but for the destruction of the ground part of the plants, 9% is also suitable. Unfortunately, the wheatgrass root system is difficult to destroy with vinegar; the remedy is good only for annual weeds.
- Ethyl alcohol - perhaps in the country it is difficult to find this drug, however, if you dilute it in a ratio of 1:10 and cultivate the land, it provides a guarantee for the destruction of wheat grass for the entire next garden season.
- Boiling water or a blowtorch - and that, and another means effectively mainly against the ground part of the wheat grass. After some time after treatments, he is able to recover from rhizomes.
As you can see, it is quite possible to cope with wheatgrass, and the choice of means is quite wide. It is only necessary to remember that measure is needed in everything.