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Get Control of Invasive Lily of the Valley

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These beautiful little flowers can easily take over your garden. Now is the time to get control of lily of the valley before it overtakes your world.
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Beautiful, delicate, yet invasive and aggressive, lily of the valley can quickly take over a garden area.
  • get control of invasive lily of the valley, flowers, gardening, hydrangea
This area of my garden had become overrun with lily of the valley (and violets - but more on that another time). It was time to gain control and let the shrubs and other plants breathe. Hidden in here is a gorgeous pink hydrangea, a "samba" elderberry and an old euyonymous.
  • get control of invasive lily of the valley, flowers, gardening, hydrangea
Lily of the valley grow on rhizomes and are surrounded by a mass of small roots. Start by pulling the leaves and rhizomes from the ground.
  • get control of invasive lily of the valley, flowers, gardening, hydrangea
Then get out the garden fork to lift the roots. You may also need to cut away sections of the root system from the main plant.
  • get control of invasive lily of the valley, flowers, gardening, hydrangea
You can see how complex the root system is. If you don't take this step to get the roots out, you will be faced with more plants next year.
  • get control of invasive lily of the valley, flowers, gardening, hydrangea
After an hour and a half, a wheelbarrow full of roots and leaves and one very sore back, this area is actually looking like a garden again.

To see more: http://www.newhousenewhomenewlife.com/2014/06/thin-lily-of-the-valley.html#sthash.YCT67Oa3.dpbs

  • Azita Toucourt
    Azita Toucourt Pasadena, CA
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Why lily of the valley invading a garden is so bad; is beyond me...In wish they invaded my yard here in southern California :)

  • Donna Tai
    Donna Tai Oakland, CA
    on Nov 5, 2016

    Putting the bulbs in the fridge will make them flower better for one season but they still will not last in the ground and grow and multiply so you can divide them like they do in colder climates. If you are willing to dig them up every year, store them in a cool dry basement and then maybe chill them for a month or so and replant them then you might get a better result. But for lily of the valley I think it would be harder as it I think spreads like rhizomes, not bulbs and thus becomes a ground cover. Another thing about bulbs like daffodils is to leave the leaves on them when they fade as this refeeds the bulbs and makes them multiply. you can cut off the faded flowers.

  • Sue Lilly
    Sue Lilly United Kingdom
    on Jun 27, 2017

    They smell beautiful

  • Grummer12
    Grummer12
    on Jul 5, 2017

    Love,
    Imported them from Maine, not spreading much in four years!

  • Michele Morris-Denize
    Michele Morris-Denize
    on Jul 17, 2017

    That's a pity- I 've looked in Garden Centres for over 7 years for Lily of the Valley and successfully advertised, at last I have a plant

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