A Really Bad Garden Problem - Knowledgebase Question

Carencro, Lo
Question by denisehalvor
February 24, 2011
Two neighbors have been growing bush killer as fence covers -- evidentially long before I moved here in 05. But it was only last year before I realized what it was. Of course, it has had ample time to creep over. By the end of last summer, it spread to 75% of my garden.

Took the DNR 11 mos to kill 'most' of it in test plot - using ugly stuff. Any ideas? Can I garden through it?

Answer from NGA
February 24, 2011


I'm not sure what the plant is that you're referring to, but if the DNR had trouble eradicating it, you probably will, too. I'd take a sample into the cooperative extension office or well staffed nursery and have it identified. As with most invasive groundcover type plants, digging is about the only way to control it and you must remove the roots as well as the tops of the plants. You may be able to suffocate it by covering it over with weed barrier. I won't recommend planting within it, it will probably overtake and crowd out anything you try to plant. But you might be able to plant in containers or build raised beds so the plants are high above the pesky groundcover. You may need to spray with a vegetation killer such as Round Up or Brush B Gon, cover over it with a weed barrier and then build raised beds or garden in containers until you get control of the invasive plant. Good luck with your project!

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