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Anonymous on
April 20, 2011

Q. Eliminating Creeping Liriope

How can I get rid of the creeping monkey grass or creeping liriope? It is taking over everything in the bed.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 21, 2011
Certified Expert
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Spot treating with Round-up may be necessary but you'll have to be careful not to get it on your other plants. You could try using a product called Finale. It breaks down easily so that it doesn't remain in the soil. Your best bet, however, may simply be digging it up and then spraying the sprouts that pop up until it is finally eradicated.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 30, 2011

Q. Raspberries and Monkey Grass

Monkey grass is growing into my raspberry patch. I’d like to leave it there, but wonder if the monkey grass will choke out the raspberries.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Since it's a good idea to keep weeds down within raspberry patches, growing monkey grass should help, as this groundcover will eventually fill in empty areas. I do not think it will choke out your raspberry plants. Monkey grass is seldom an invasive problem, provided you have the clumping variety. However, I would make sure to keep the raspberry plants pruned as these can get quite large and unkempt in appearance without annual pruning.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 2, 2011

Q. Weeds in Monkey Grass

I am trying to find a spray to kill weeds out of monkey grass and not harm it.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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Your best bet would be to hand pull as much as you can and then add mulch to keep weed growth to a minimum. However, you could also try sprinkling corn meal in the area, which has a chemical in it that acts as a pre-emergent on plant seeds preventing them from germinating. Sprinkling corn meal will not harm plants but will keep weeds from growing. Another option (though not one I enjoy recommending) is the use of conventional weed killers. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/conventional-weed-killers.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 4, 2011

Q. Weed Killer for Liriope

What is the best weed killer to use on liriope (monkey grass) to kill crabgrass and dollarweed?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 5, 2011
Certified Expert
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You have a few options:

I would recommend pouring boiling water on the areas where the weeds are growing. Boiling water will kill whatever it comes into contact with.

Alternatively, you could cover liriope clumps with cardboard boxes or use a gallon milk jug with the bottom cut off as a shield. Spray the grass with an herbicide, such as Round-up, during hot weather when the grass is actively growing. One application won't work, as it's going to take several. If a little herbicide touches the liriope, don't despair. It will only kill the little sprout, not the clump.

Ortho Grass-B-Gon will kill grass and weeds but won't harm your liriope.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 5, 2011

Q. What Soil Would Be Good for Monkey Grass

I live in northern GA and have monkey grass in the winter. It does great but by May, it looks awful–almost dead. It has good drainage. What kind of soil would be good?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 5, 2011
Certified Expert
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Monkey grass is a tough plant and will thrive in nearly any type of soil. You could mix in some organic matter and cut the dead growth off so the new growth can come out quicker.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 11, 2011

Q. Splitting Monkey Grass

I need to split some monkey grass and need to know the proper way to split the grass?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 11, 2011
Certified Expert
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Monkey grass can be easily lifted and divided in spring. Simply use a spade shovel to cut the clumps into the desired pieces and replant elsewhere.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 14, 2011

Q. Monkey Grass

Can I prune monkey grass and transplant at the same time?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 15, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can. In fact, cutting it back some during transplanting can help reduce the possibility of shock. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/pruning-monkey-grass.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/transplant-monkey-grass.htm

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