The Q&A Archives: getting rid of bulbs

Question: We planted Star of Bethlehem in one of our flower beds years ago and now they have taken over the entire bed, other parts of the yard and are also in our neighbors yards. Is there something that we can spray or spread in the fall the kill these bulbs. They are very small and almost impossible to dig up and get each and every one.

Answer: Wish I had a magic potion for you. Star of Bethlehem is currently growing and showing their pretty white flowers. The Star of Bethlehem was once planted as an ornamental without anyone realizing its invasive potential. There are no effective controls for this bulbous plant, but some suggest that preemergence herbicide applications made very late in fall or early spring will work. Some homeowners have success digging the plants out by hand. If you choose to use a pre-emergent herbicide (Casoron in beds with woody ornamentals; Preen in beds with herbaceous ornamentals), be sure to read and follow label directions so you won't compromise the health of your desireable plants.

Best wishes with your garden!

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