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Another rampant pest is couch grass
, with its fast-growing rhizomes, which can produce hundreds of feet of roots underground, giving rise to a mass of shoots above ground.
ALAN'S ADVICE: Gardening guru Titchmarsh has been making suggestions on how to get rid of the likes of Japanese Knotweed, above, and yellow couch grass
No sooner have you weeded the beds and borders during a fine spell than you'll have to do it again following a downpour, as seedlings emerge and difficult perennial weeds such as ground elder, couch grass
and bindweed do their worst, climbing up plants or spreading their underground roots so they are virtually impossible to eradicate.
Young nymphs of the first three instars preferentially consume the lush short couch grass
QI have couch grass
growing in my alpine garden which is proving difficult to dig out.
While bindweed snakes its way through borders and up hedges, ground elder is emerging from under my neighbour's fence and couch grass
is appearing amid perennials and shrubs.
As in other places, many garden species have escaped to become weeds including African tulip, Candle bush, Neem, Poinciana, Rubbervine, Snakeweed, Couch grass
, Lead tree, Pepper tree and Umbrella sedge.
A jumble of large stones, boulders, broken bricks and bits of concrete not only looks hideous, but it will quickly become infested with weeds like couch grass
, nettles, ground elder and brambles which will be impossible to get rid of.
Years ago it was easier to spray weeds such as couch grass
in the flower borders with a specific weedkiller that would not affect your shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Mr Cyril Crouch has couch grass
problems in his Coventry garden and I would recommend the same product.
Look out for ground elder, couch grass
and bindweed, which are among the most pernicious weeds and try to dig up all the white roots which, if left in the ground, will just sprout up again next year.