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Tuesday 16 September 2014

What can I do to get rid of ground elder?

Marie Staunton

Published 09/06/2013 | 05:00

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It is by far the most difficult plant to control and, unless you get every tiny bit of root out of the ground, it will keep reappearing.

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Herbicides are very limited for this plant, but you could try a translocated one. You'll probably need a number of applications.

We have tried to control it by chopping off the leaves in spring, which starves the plant. Cut the flowers off the plant before seeds can set – this will also help.

Jobs to do in the garden this week

Plan ahead: Buy your wallflower seeds and have them ready to sow for colour in the garden next spring. Wallflowers with tulips make a fantastic display.

Protect roses: Start spraying the roses for mildew and black spot.

De-weed: Keep on top of the weeds, especially dandelions. Otherwise, they will set seed and be a right nuisance altogether.

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