removing plants

Variegated 'Morning Light' is a clump-forming ornamental grass. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Ornamental grass bomb

Judith Adam

When digging out the invading ornamental grass roots, I was surprised to find a deep system of tough, resistant woody runners. It was impossible to get all of them out, and each autumn I have a major digging initiative to work on removing grass runners that have spread during the summer.