Monday 23 October 2017

What can I do to get rid of ground elder?

Marie Staunton

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.

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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