Sri Pradma, via email

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I have eureka kikuyu grass grow­ing in my back­yard and it is spread­ing into my vegie patch. It's a big prob­lem in sum­mer as it grows and spreads a lot. What can I do to con­trol this?

El­iz­a­beth Swane says

Kikuyu is a fast-grow­ing grass that spreads via run­ners – good for a lawn in warm ar­eas, but not so good when the run­ners get into your gar­den beds. In the vegie patch the best con­trol is to dig it out, re­mov­ing all of the run­ners, or smother with news­pa­per or use an or­ganic weed con­trol.

There are also root-con­trol bar­ri­ers avail­able, which are buried in the ground to stop the run­ners get­ting un­der the edge of the bed.

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