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Pampas-Pulling Pacifican Scott McKellar


Scott McKellar loves to pull the hated pampas grass that grows all over Pacifica’s hillsides. This nonnative, invasive plant from South America particularly infests disturbed areas and drives out native plants. Scott, who wears the Black Apron and is sort of the MacGyver of backyard weed whackers, says the easiest way to dispatch a fluffy, flowering tassel of pampas grass is to grab the stem and pop it straight out of its shaft, then bag and dispose of it before the seeds scatter. Unfortunately, some seed catalogs and nurseries still sell the dreaded weed as a decorative garden plant. If you happen to see such an ad, please tell the merchant to cut it out!


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