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Encroaching Grass: Is Your Neighbor's Lawn Taking Over?

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

You've got a nice fescue lawn. Your neighbor, on the other hand, has an aggressive Bermuda lawn. There's nothing wrong with Bermuda, until it starts taking over your non-Bermuda yard. How can you stop the invasive grass? What's the etiquette for dealing with your neighbor? Here's everything you need to know about encroaching turf grass.

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A Little Neighborly Heads Up

Before you start spraying and digging and generally attacking the parts of you lawn that are being overtaken by the invading grass, go knock on your neighbor's door. Let him know his lawn is spreading into yours and that you're going to try to tackle the problem. He may offer to help. He may not. If you're comfortable, ask for his help. If not, at least he knows what all the digging is about.

Border Patrol

The invading turf grass makes its way into your yard along the edges, a little creep here a little creep there. If you want to fight it, the edges are the place to focus. Unfortunately, the invading grass is hard to kill without damaging your existing lawn. Your best bets are to dig out the invading grass or to spray the invaded area with a non-selective herbicide. You'll kill the good grass and the bad, but you'll be able to replant the area with 100% good grass in a week.

No Mans Land

One of the best strategies for preventing turf grass creep is to separate your lawn from your neighbor's. You can use a flower bed, a row of hedges, gravel, or whatever suits you. If your lawns don't touch, his grass will have a much harder time spreading into yours.

An aggressive, invading turf grass can really get you down. But with the right steps, you can reclaim your lawn in no time.


About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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