relatively amature gardener here with a question or two. I planted pumpkin seed several weeks ago (beside our house in soil mounds in the yard), they sprouted and have been taking off wonderfully. I was then required to go out of town for 3 weeks and was unable to keep up the them, or rather, to the grass growing AROUND them. My hubby was kind enough to water daily and while the pumpkins are still hanging in there, the GRASS couldn't be happier....so much so that it now seems to be choking out my pumpkins. The vines are becoming puny and slowing in growth. There are fewer and fewer blooms opening, and you can hardly see the base of the plants anymore due to the grass around them being so high and so thick. I obviously can't mow the grass too closely to the plant in fear of damaging the vines. Last year I pathetically cut the grass every few days by hand because of the same problem, but I was able to keep up to it then. However, my MIL moved some vines to mow around them last year and that ended up killing the plants last year. I think she severed some important sections somewhere in moving them.
So how do I regain control of the grass (which is now apprx 2 feet high around some areas) without killing my pumpkin plants?
All suggestions are greatly appreciated!