Wild Daylillies Taking Over - Knowledgebase Question

Cedar Rapids, IA
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Question by beardsleyth
May 24, 2000
I resently bought an old farmstead, it has a large flower garden that has been taken over by wild daylillies(orange with black spots), which are also tring to take over my yard, is there anything to spray on them without killing out the grass or hostas that are tring to survive in the middle of the flower bed?

Answer from NGA
May 24, 2000
Unfortunately, any herbicide that would kill the daylilies would also kill the hostas, and depending on what you used, the grass as well. You might try lifting the hostas (they are very amenable to being transplanted and can be kept in a temporary bed) and killing out the daylilies, then replanting the hostas and reseeding or sodding the grass as needed. Keep in mind too that these daylilies can be rather difficult to eradicate. I'm sorry there's no easy way to do this.

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