How can I kill the grass that is growing in shrubs?

Kathi Hanks
by Kathi Hanks
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I put weed block and planted these striped leaved shrubs along our driveway and now I have grass growing all throughout them. This is the second time. I cleaned it all up by pulling them out and added new weed block and more white rocks and still they are back! Plz help with advice on how to kill grass in flower beds. I'm getting ready to just pull it all out and just have more lawn. 😩

q how can i kill the grass that is growing in shrubs
  13 answers
  • Lo Lo on Jun 18, 2017
    Is it the same grass in your lawn?

    • Kathi Hanks Kathi Hanks on Jun 18, 2017
      No, I don't think so.....because it's so long and I keep the lawn short I cannot tell.

  • Lia Lia on Jun 18, 2017
    We just bought 'Ortho Grass-B-Gon'... reviews on line say it's the best for this problem.

    • Kathi Hanks Kathi Hanks on Jun 18, 2017
      So it didn't kill the shrubs? Where did you purchase it? Home Depot? Lowes? Thank you I will try it!

  • Pat Packard Pat Packard on Jun 18, 2017
    I will be watching. I have the same problem

  • DIYchick DIYchick on Jun 18, 2017
    Using wood chip mulch in the areas between the shrubs can help keep the weeds down.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jun 18, 2017
    Not all vegetation is the same. Weed block is for broadleaf weeds like clover and dandelion. It will not kill grassy weeds or grass. You need to specifically buy a grass killer for that . If you want nothing at all to grow, use a ground clear product.

  • Chargemouse Chargemouse on Jun 18, 2017
    Grass will not grow UP through weed block, but roots will grow down through it. This is probably from grass clippings thrown in there by lawn mower. 2-3 inches of bark mulch will probably eliminate most of this. This will kill what's already there.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jun 18, 2017
    Not all vegetation is the same. Weed killer is for broadleaf weeds like clover and dandelion. What you want is grass killer. To kill everything, use ground clear.

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    • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 18, 2017
      Ground clear will kill your shrubs so only use it where you don't want any vegetation growing at all. It will also need to be reapplied every so often if you want the area to be clear year after year. My aunt used it on her tiny yard which was completely covered with decorative stones.

  • Kim Kim on Jun 18, 2017
    I use cardboard. Cut an lay like weed block. cover with either mulch or stones. It will last several years..then it becomes mulch and you redo. Here in So Cal it lasts about 5 years

  • Juli Schlie Juli Schlie on Jun 18, 2017
    I've used my old magazines as weed block around the bushes and trees. Then cover with mulch. I just lay the magazine ontop of the ground, over lap them . They last several years.

    • Kathi Hanks Kathi Hanks on Jun 18, 2017
      That's a great idea, but I would have to remove all the grass again and start over. It's not an easy job to dig it all up again. But I will keep that in mind for future projects. Thanks

  • Lo Lo on Jun 18, 2017
    This happens at my house too but it's from when my husband mows or weedeats near the flower bed. He now mows where the cuthings won't blow in the bed. And since you already have weed block that seems like the logical answer is that it's coming from your lawn.

  • Lia Lia on Jun 19, 2017
    We bought it at Ace Hardware, but I'm sure it would be available at any of the home centers and plant centers (we have TLC Garden Center here in OKC.).

  • Lia Lia on Jun 19, 2017
    We just used it this past weekend - it says it's safe for shrubs. I'll let you know how it comes out.