Couch Twitch Grass

Couch (NI) or Twitch (SI) grass is a common weed in garden lawns, flowerbeds, paths and waste places.

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Couch/Twitch grass looks like just a tuft of any grass, but below ground the roots form a dense network. It spreads quickly by means of thin, wire-like, pointed rhizomes.

From root tips, new shoots are produced in spring and autumn that rapidly produce tufts of leaves and more rhizomes.


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Lawns

Manual removal is difficult and will leave roots and rhizomes in the ground which will sprout again.

  • Spot treat - Wearing rubber gloves paint Weed Weapon Invade Gel onto the crown (growing centre) and as many leaves of the Couch/Twitch as possible. This will kill the grass and its roots.

Flowerbeds

  • Spot treat - Wearing rubber gloves paint Weed Weapon Invade Gel onto the crown (growing centre) and as many leaves of the Couch/Twitch as possible. These treatments will kill the grass and its roots without risk to surrounding plants.
  • Follow up with Weed Weapon Preventer sprinkled in the flower bed to prevent new weeds emerging.

Paths, Driveways etc.

  • Apply Weed Weapon Long Term to kill existing Couch/Twitch to the roots and prevent new growth appearing for an extended period.

Waste Places

 


Did You Know Did You Know

  • Elytrigia repens is known as Couch grass in New Zealand's North Island and Twitch grass in New Zealand's South Island. It is also known as scutch grass in other parts of the world.

Tips Tips

See advice on control of Coarse Grasses in Lawns.


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Weed Weapon Invade Gel

Weed Weapon Invade Gel

Weed Weapon Invade Gel controls hardy weeds with spot treatment and painting of tough and creeping weeds.

Weed Weapon Extra Strength

Weed Weapon Extra Strength

Kills a broad range of stubborn weeds to the root.

Weed Weapon Long Term

Weed Weapon Long Term

Kills weeds fast and prevents regrowth for up to 12 months.

Weed Weapon Preventer

Weed Weapon Preventer

Long term prevention of weed emergence in flowerbeds, pots and other places.

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