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- ‘The buckwheat would rid the field of twitch grass for a few years.’
- ‘Often referred to as couch or twitch grass, quackgrass has a very broad blade and is difficult to control without killing the rest of the lawn.’
- ‘Couch, scutch or twitch grass looks like just a tuft of any grass, but underneath the ground the roots spread quickly to colonise borders.’
- ‘If your garden is not very big, practically the only way to eradicate twitch grass is to cover the whole area with a light-excluding cover, be it black plastic, thick layers of newspapers or old carpeting.’
- ‘Grasses include pasture, and a wide assortment of grass hays including: Bermuda grass, timothy, orchard grass, brome grass, orchard grass, fescue, prairie grass and twitch grass just to name a few of the many grasses that make excellent horse hays.’
Late 16th century: twitch, alteration of quitch.
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