The Q&A Archives: Removing Queen Anne's Lace

Question: queen anne's lace has completely taken over the back garden of our house. i dug out a patch of it so i could plant sunflowers, and have been weeding out the shoots that have grown back.

aside from digging out the entire garden and weeding every day, would there be an easier way to remove the rest of the groundcover? a friend told me that at the beginning of next season, before any sort of growth occurs, to put down wet newspaper and cover the newspaper with dirt, but this seems bizarre to me. have you heard of this method before?


Answer: Some weeds can be smothered with a layer of newspaper or cardboard topped with a thick layer of mulch, yes. This process takes a long time however and some deep rooted perennial weeds will actually manage to grow through the smothering layer. This plant has strong root reserves. It can eventually be weeded out by pulling all successive shoots to exhaust the root, and it can be stopped by smothering and possibly resmothering over time, or by a combination of the two methods. However, for fastest results you might try an herbicide containing glyphosate. You will also want to be sure not to allow it to set seed and thereby plant more.

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