The Q&A Archives: Queen Anne's Lace

Question: Although quite lovely in a field, I'm not real excited that my lawn is overrun with Queen Anne's Lace. I've pulled much of it out, but hardly get that deep carrot root all out. I understand it is a biennial. Does this mean that if I keep mowing it before it blooms and seeds, I may be rid of it?

Answer: I agree with you - it's lovely in a field, but not in a lawn! If you keep mowing it down, the root, which is the storage organ for the plant's energy, will eventually die out. For the energy it expels sending up a stalk and foliage, it needs the foliage for photosynthesis to replace the lost carbohydrates. You can effectively starve the roots if you keep the foliage from developing. So, whack it down as soon as you recognize it - before it even develops foliage. Be persistent and you'll win the battle!

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