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Is there an easy way to remove st. augustine grass

I just bought my 1st house on 1/2 acre - is there an easy way to remove st. augustine grass around trees to make tree rings? I applied Round-up and am trying to pull out by hand but think roots go to China. Some of the tree roots appear to be at top of dirt, can I cover with soil and/or mulch, if so how deep? Also is there anything/other method besides Round-up or weed-eat to keep grass from under & out of chain link fence? I have 1/2 acre totally enclosed and cross fenced with chain link (yuk) thanks for help dayna

Hi Dayna

It would seem on the surface you are doing the right thing by using round-up. However, you could use mulch next to the fence and plant some shrubs or vines to kind of hide the chain link fence. Some of the plants that come to mind are honeysuckle, vines and or shrubs. Or blueberry plants that are not only great to eat but attractive in the landscape year-around. Fences are useful for a number of reasons but they do not have to look unattractive. By mulching and planting you will eventually get rid of the grass problem and have an esthetic border.

Kind regards Steve