bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

lorain, oh
Question by polishprince1
August 28, 2011
Have a plot loaded with HYACiNTH bulbs(small),i think! Want to get RID of them,tried to screen the soil,bulbs to small didnot work ! Thinking only way,remove bulbs,soil and all ?? How deep would they be???OR,do you have a BETTER idea,toget rid of them! Need your advice ONCE again ! thanks


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Answer from NGA
August 28, 2011

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We're always happy to help so feel free to stop by anytime! I'm afraid that hyacinth bulbs will be difficult to eradicate because the bulbs store energy and will pop up year after year unless you kill them - or dig them out of the ground. Some gardeners have difficulty with wild onions and wild violets for the same reason - stored energy. There is a product called Bonide Weed Beater Concentrate that is effective against bulbous weedy plants so you might want to give it a try. Another strategy is to cover the plot with black plastic for a growing season. The bulbs will send up sprouts but without sunlight, no photosynthesis can take place and therefore no new energy can be stored in the bulbs. Between the lack of sunshine and the extra heat radiated into the soil from the plastic, the bulbs should die out. Hope this information is helpful. Good luck with your project!

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