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Quackgrass control without chemicals

publication date: Feb 1, 2018
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It’s no surprise that Quackgrass (Elymus repens) is also known as “The Devil’s Grass.” Thick mats of quackgrass can choke out crops and gardens alike. It encroaches from afar and grows back again and again after cutting and pulling. Rhizomes (underground stems) of this tough perennial grass can burrow as deep as eight inches in loose soil and grow over an inch per day, reaching lengths in excess of 10 feet. Broken bits of rhizomes can grow into entirely new plants, and disturbance often triggers dormant growth nodes to sprout new blades of grass. Quackgrass can dishearten even seasoned growers as a seemingly insurmountable problem. Anyone who’s broken new ground or taken over a poorly managed field knows the feeling. I’ve often joked while unearthing impossibly long, white rhizomes that a huge “mother quackgrass” must lurk somewhere deep within the Earth’s mantle. Quackgrass is both maddening and maniacal, but it is possible to live with and even control.

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