Perennials forum: Removing Creeping Jenny

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Oct 4, 2015 1:52 PM CST
I have a flower bed that is being taken over by Creeping Jenny, which came with the house. I need to thin it out, and the roots are horrible! I'm wanting to know if I have to remove every tiny piece of root, or will it regrow from the smallest of pieces? I'm getting the majority of roots out, but there are very small pieces left that I can't remove. Using a plant killer is out of the question.

I would appreciate any help!
Natalie
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 4, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Is there some reason you can't just live with it? I have it as a ground cover in a fairly large bed and just grab handfuls of it and pull it out to the ground, not trying to dig out the roots. That sets it back until time to weed again. Personally, I find it easier than some of my other weeds, and it gives me pretty yellow flowers and a soft green underlayment to the bed.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Oct 4, 2015 2:27 PM CST
It provides rattlesnake cover, right up against my house. Blinking
Natalie
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 4, 2015 3:42 PM CST
Ah well. I don't have any icky snakes or spiders so not a problem for me. Good luck, it's pretty tenacious.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Oct 4, 2015 6:15 PM CST

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Are all plant killers out of the question , or are natural ones OK?
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 4, 2015 6:18 PM CST
@NJBob - wouldn't a few drops of vinegar do the trick?
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Oct 4, 2015 7:08 PM CST
All plant killers are out of the question. No way to localize the Creeping Jenny, even if I was willing to use it. I'm also going to replant the area right away, with bulbs. I really just need to know if it will grow back from the tiny roots that are left behind. I can get most of the roots, but the very small ones are breaking off.
Natalie
Name: Bob
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NJBob
Oct 4, 2015 7:11 PM CST

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I use 1 gallon white vinegar - 2 cups epson salt - 1/4 cup dawn dish soap.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 4, 2015 7:17 PM CST
Yes, it will grow back from any pieces remaining in the soil.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Oct 4, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Thanks Arlene! Exactly what I needed to know. Thumbs up
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 4, 2015 7:56 PM CST
It's not as evil as many other weeds so console yourself with that as you sift the soil to remove the tiny pieces. Keep on top of it next year or you'll face the same battle time and time again.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Oct 4, 2015 8:22 PM CST
Thumbs up
Natalie
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Oct 10, 2015 3:10 AM CST
I had CJ for years,not as establishes as yours .I dont see much of it since the . Strawberry weed took over.
I didnt have any luck removing it completely.
Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Nov 1, 2015 9:37 PM CST
Hello, do you by chance have any left? I would love to get some of yours. I could trade etc.
Thanks so much
Lisa
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Nov 1, 2015 11:22 PM CST
Not sure if any is left. I did my best to remove it, but will have to wait until Spring to see if any of it regrows.
Natalie
Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Nov 2, 2015 9:45 AM CST
Natalie,
Thank you for letting me know. Hopefully you still have some you will need to get rid off in the spring!
Thank You!
Lisa
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Nov 2, 2015 1:00 PM CST
Hopefully I will NOT have any return in the spring! Whistling My goal was to get rid of it!
Natalie
Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Nov 2, 2015 6:56 PM CST
Oh yes that's right! Of course stupid me lol.
Hope it DOES NOT COME BACK!!
Thank You!
Lisa

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