Dianthus – Killing Invasive Bermuda Grass

Q: Several years ago I planted beds of ‘Firewitch’ dianthus close to a bermudagrass lawn. Over the years the bermudagrass has infested the dianthus beds to the point of covering them up! Is there anything that I can use to remove the bermudagrass without killing the dianthus?

A: I once installed near my daylily bed a chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata, a plant I now regard as Satan’s favorite groundcover. The chameleon plant became so pestiferous that I had to dig up all of the daylilies and wash the soil from their roots so I could identify and cast out the Houttuynia roots. I put the daylilies in a different spot, then had the pleasure of spraying Roundup on the chameleon plant in the original bed. It took me a year of spraying, but the bad plant is finally banished.

You could do the same…or you could try the methods outlined at Bermuda – Control in Flower Bed.

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