I'm no fan of Pampas Grass, but I understand that it has a purpose. Generally, to attract snakes and wasps, but also to hide unsightly areas that you can't improve. If you can't improve it, hide it, and pampas grass is just the ticket in these climes. Still, I'm not a fan.
I have this little patch in the front yard. I'm not crazy about it, but it hides a sewerage lift station, a very important piece of infrastructure in a suburban environment. We want to get rid of the sewerage, but we don't necessarily want a lift station in our front yard. If we have a lift station, we want to hide it.
I began with hedge clippers. The grass laughed at my hedge clippers, so I stepped up to a machete, a nice, two-handed blade that I use for clearing brush on the deer lease. The grass shrugged at the machete. I could see that I was fighting a losing battle, and I don't intend to lose a battle to an invasive species, so I put away the machete and resorted to the tool that rednecks keep in reserve. The chainsaw.
I had to hook the Mule to a trailer to haul off the debris. There was a lot of vegetable matter on the ground and it filled the trailer to overflowing.
But, now the yard is mowed and the pampas grass is trimmed. If you'll excuse me, I believe I need a shower.