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How to Remove Ryegrass from your Garden

Easy Tips on How to Remove Ryegrass from Your Garden

If you are looking for tips on how to remove ryegrass from your garden, then you are at the right place. Keep reading for more information.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2018
Ryegrass is considered to be one of the best grass varieties for lawn gardens. They look amazing if well maintained and green. They usually grow in winters and are capable of standing even in harsh summers. But this doesn't mean that summers do not affect them. They may get dry and die in some parts which may give your garden a patchy and bad look.
One more problem with this grass is they quickly get infected with fungal diseases and can cause problems to other plants. So in order to save the other plants or to give your garden a new look, you may require tips to get rid of rye grass. So here we will discuss how to remove ryegrass from your garden with some simple tips.
How to Get Rid of Ryegrass
Ryegrass is known to adapt to various conditions. If properly taken care of, it can stay in your lawn for the entire year. It is commonly found in regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. You can get ryegrass seeds from the nursery and can easily watch it growing.
But those who already have ryegrass in their lawns and finally need a change from this grass type, may continue reading for some tips on how to remove ryegrass.
Things Required
  • White chalk powder
  • Thatch rake
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Herbicide
  • Spade
  • Mower
  • Plastic Sheet
Method #1
  • The first thing is to locate the ryegrass. They have glossy leaves and clumpy flowers, found between September and April. Locate the area and sprinkle white chalk power on it to mark the spot.
  • Take a spade and dig about 2 inches deep around the marked area. You can moisten the soil with water, if it is too hard and remove all the ryegrass from that area.
  • Now take the landscaping fabric which is filled with herbicides. Place this fabric over the rye grass area. As this is infused with herbicides it will restrict the growth of ryegrass seeds. Put something heavy over the fabric in order to keep it down. The best time to place this fabric is the summer which will completely vanish the growth of these grasses.
  • Now when you want some other plants or grass to grow at that place, just remove the fabric and aerate it with the help of the thatch rake and pour the preferred seed, composite and water.
Method #2
  • Locate the rye grass in your garden and mow it as much as possible with a mower.
  • As rye grasses rely a lot on water, you need to stop watering them. After about two weeks of dryness, just cover the area with a plastic sheet. This sheet will restrict the entry of moisture completely and the hot sun during the day will kill the rye grass completely.
  • Now with the thatch rake, rake your lawn and remove dead grass. Leave the land for some days so that any remaining grass will die.
  • Watch if the rye grass are still growing over the next two weeks. If it happens then get herbicides to treat the land with it. Do not spray this on a windy day or when it is raining as it can affect the other healthy plants.
  • Once you get rid of these grasses completely, you can try out other grasses or plants at its place.
These were some of the simple methods to follow if you want to get rid of rye grass. Take care while using herbicides as it may be dangerous for other plants. You can cover other plants with the help of a plastic sheet while spraying. Do not forget to remove it once you are done with the spraying.