The Q&A Archives: Removing Lilly of the Valley

Question: We recently purchased a house and the only landscaping in the back yard are beds of lilly of the valley. How could could we remove these very hardy plants without useing a lot of chemicals?

Answer: Lily of the Valley grows from pips which are storage organs for the plants (similar to bulbs). Therefore, cutting off the tops of the plants, or using an herbicide won't permanently remove the plants from your garden. The very best approach is to dig the bed and remove all of the pips before returning the soil to the bed. While this can be labor intensive, it is the best way to rid your yard of these plants.

Best wishes with your project!

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