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.
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.
Agree with Dove,you will need to be a bit patient,no quick fix,but you should get rid of it eventually.
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
when is tough enough dove, its pretty thick( like me), it has had two cuts. thanks
Another thought, I have an electric lawn rake could I use that on a high setting.
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.
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
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
Couch needs to grow vigorously to survive. Mowing...plus that raking to lift stems....weakens it