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Lia's right: Grass is child's play for Roundup. I've used ... after asking at my local farm supply/garden center. Ask around.

The guy I talked to said that nothing is safe, even if it's advertised as such. But perhaps I can ... shrubbery? Frankly, I don't care if it does. The less to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

If you are concerned about Roundup killing the shrubbery, wearing rubber gloves, pour it on a sponge and wipe down the grass with it, rather than spraying the grass around the shrubbery. This is how I used it in areas where the offending weeds were close to perennials.

If you want to get rid of the shrubbery, why not just dig it up? You'll have to anyhow if you kill it off with Roundup.
FurPaw

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Be careful what you wish for. You want a yard that's easy to keep up, not something that's dead and ugly.

I do like shrubs up against the house in front, but the grass growing around the base of them is ... the house, and the railway ties that enclose them are too high for me to even lift the mower up.

What about getting a small, electric string trimmer?

FurPaw

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What about getting a small, electric string trimmer?

The last time I priced trimmers, they went on the "later when I have more money" list. :}
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Grass is actually what I need to kill.

I recently used roundup to kill some weeds IN my grass and it managed to do the weeds and the grass.
Both my boys eat grass, and thus we passed on the herbicides too.

Mine do as well. I never would spray my grass. We do spray the poison ivy. But that's it.
Gwen
Not necessarily. If you have a propane torch, use it ... sell them specifically for the purpose of weed killing. Suja

Oh, that sounds very fun too.

Indeed it does like lots
of fun. Too bad I can't do that to poison
ivy. If I did it would be in my eyes, nose and all over my body the very next day. I am so allergic
to the stuff it isn't even funny.
Gwen
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2. Put down newspaper, 10 or 12 sheets thick. Dump mulch over top of everything. Wait 2 or 3 months, ... which is finer, and have over 1500 sq. ft. of flowerbeds made this way), as it is cheap and easy.

I am going to try this on my freshly weeded rose beds. Although I won't be able to do it all over as there are many iris bulbs in that bed as well. And other bulbs too. But at least I can possibly keep down the amount of weeds in that bed by using this method.

I always mulch but that only works for a very short time.

Gwen
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Be careful what you wish for. You want a yard that's easy to keep up, not something that's dead and ugly.

I do like shrubs up against the house in front, but the grass growing around the base of them is almost taller than they are.

That's what weedeaters are for. Just weedeat them every so often. It's not the best way but it does work and makes it look fairly good. Not out of hand.
Gwen
And the cat? Leah states that she thinks it's feral. Get a trap, trap it. Take it to the shelter. Then Roundup at will.
Check on rec.gardens for weed, grass control. A nice group over there. Perry
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