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26/06/2013 at 05:52

I have a lot of couch in my new lawn, I was digging it out but have small patches everywhere, I am now trying to pull it out as it has not had the chance to deep root.  I think it must be from seed when I dug the ground over. any advice would be helpful. many thanks.

26/06/2013 at 07:36

When your new lawn is tough enough to withstand a good raking with a spring tine lawn rake, rake it over in different directions (at 90 degrees to each other) that will  raise the couch grass and you'll be able to mow it out - it can't withstand mowing if you give it that treatment each time.

26/06/2013 at 08:26

Agree with Dove,you will need to be a bit patient,no quick fix,but you should get rid of it eventually.

26/06/2013 at 08:28

Regular mowing too helps weaken couch grass.  Raking as dove said is important....just a simple quick raking before mowing lifts the couch to be mown out

I resort to digging out the odd clump in the autumn and reseeding

26/06/2013 at 09:11

when is tough enough dove, its pretty thick( like me), it has had two cuts. thanks

26/06/2013 at 09:18

Another thought, I have an electric lawn rake could I use that on a high setting.

26/06/2013 at 10:52

Bljejan. I,would use your,electric lawn rake in the autumn to give thorough raking and aeration.  For now I would simply lightly rake the couch just to lift it prior to mowing.  

27/06/2013 at 07:32

As Verdun has just said, I'd go ahead now  Bluejan - but be gentle with it, just lift the grass, don't scarify the soil - the roots are still only  babies.  You'll soon get rid of that couch 

27/06/2013 at 20:32

Thanks so much for advice tried it on my front lawn today could not believe how much couch was there, when I raked it it all stood up to get chopped off,  can you tell me how it works exactly, does it weaken the root system and eventually die. many thanks

27/06/2013 at 22:31

Couch needs to grow vigorously to survive. that raking to lift stems....weakens it

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